Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

NHS NEW Devon CCG is committed to becoming an organisation which is pro-diversity and anti-discriminatory, where everyone’s diversity is valued and appreciated.

The role of equality, diversity and inclusion is central to NHS NEW Devon CCG's values, processes and behaviors. We will outline this in our equality, diversity and human rights policy and will ensure that NHS NEW Devon CCG as a public body, will meet its duty to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.  This duty applies to NHS NEW Devon CCG staff, service users, patients, carers and members of the general public that NHS NEW Devon CCG staff comes into contact with.
 
Our ambition

As an organisation we aim to:
  • Ensure staff fully understand equality, diversity and inclusion issues
  • Feel empowered to challenge prejudice and make reasonable adjustments in their own work areas
  • Include equality, diversity and inclusion training as a mandatory measure for all staff
  • Task managers to promote the cultural and behavioral changes to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion is demonstrated within the mainstream business of the trust
  • Provide an environment for our staff which is free from unlawful discrimination and ensure members of the public have the right to expect the care and treatment they receive from us is provided in a similar environment
  • We will work with trade union representatives, staff seminars and use anonymous questionnaires to ascertain staff opinions.
Key Legislation

Equality Act 2010

NHS NEW Devon CCG is committed to preventing discrimination, valuing diversity and achieving equality of opportunity in relation to the protected characteristics as set out by the Equality Act 2010:
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
          AND - Human Rights

NHS NEW Devon CCG recognises that these strands of diversity are founded in legislation and that you may experience discrimination on a wider variety of issues. 

NHS NEW Devon CCG is committed to looking beyond these strands of diversity to appropriately value all of our staff, including those who work part time, are on fixed term contracts or work flexibly. 

NHS NEW Devon CCG also recognises the need to fully respect the needs of our service users, patients and their carers. To achieve this NHS NEW Devon CCG is committed to listening to and learning from all members of the community and making special efforts to reach those who are seldom heard. 

NHS NEW Devon CCG sets itself the challenge to remove barriers in society wherever possible to ensure equality of access to the services we provide and employment opportunities within the organisation.

Equality & Diversity are not interchangeable. There can be no equality of opportunity if the diversity of staff and the local community is not recognised and valued

Department of Health HR Directorate 2003

Equality Objectives

The purpose of setting specific, measurable equality objectives is for the organisation and employees to better perform the general equality duty.  Equality objectives should help focus attention on the priority equality issues within the organisation, to deliver improvements in policy-making, service delivery and employment, including resource allocation.

The Equality Objectives about the nine protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation across the footprint are:
  1. Improved checking that protected characteristics are being recorded across all the services.  This knowledge and information will inform and support decision making about which health services to buy for our patients. 
 This will be measured by human resources and staff recruitment information and information from engagement events.  It will be reported at least once a year for example through the annual workforce report. 
  1. We will ensure that health service providers fulfill their duties under the Equality Act 2010. 
This will be measured through health service contracts and reported in the annual equality report. Annual equality reports from health service providers are to be sent to commissioners.
  1. Any new health services or future health service changes to have an equality impact assessment published.   This will be measured by ensuring that all changes to health services or new health services will have an equality assessment included in proposal. The equality impact assessments will be published on the website and included in the annual equality report. 
It is important to consider equality objectives that will address specific feedback from patient representatives at the recent equality engagement events.  We wish to acknowledge and resolve local issues and then to use that learning across the CCG footprint. These Equality Objectives have been agreed by external organisations and local interest groups.

Equality Impact Assessments

An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a systematic way of seeing how any policies may affect groups of people differently based on the protected characteristics of diversity.  EIAs are similar to risk assessments.   In the same way a risk assessment would be taken forward, an EIA allows the assessor to identify potential problems and resolve or minimise them where possible.

All policies, procedures, new or major changes to services and strategies, should be impact assessed and an EIA should be completed.  A document should not pass through the ratification process without completing an EIA.   The EIA is usually published within or next to the document. 
Equality & Diversity Policy Equality & Diversity Strategy

Key tools

Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System is designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. The Equality Delivery System is all about making positive differences to healthy living and working lives. 

Contact
Andy Stevens
Patient Safety and Quality Manager
NHS NEW Devon CCG
County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter
EX2 4QL
Telephone: 01392 267 645

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