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Our legal commitment
Equality Act 2010 – Public Sector Duty
In the exercising our functions we are committed, under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to the need to:-
• Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010;
• Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
• Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Specific Duties require us to:-
• Publish Information to show our compliance with the Equality Duty, at least annually;
• Set and publish equality objectives, at least every 4 years;
• Ensure that all information is published in a way which makes it easy for people to access it
We also comply with Human Rights Act 1998 and work to tackle Healthcare Inequalities in line with the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
What have we done so far?
As part of our objectives for 2013-17, examples of outcomes over the last year include:-
1. Continued to embed equality monitoring into provider contracts and worked with providers to ensure that services commissioned are compliant with equality legislation and are available to all patients from different backgrounds and circumstances.
2. Continued to work with Patient Participation Groups and other organisations such as Healthwatch to ensure that all sectors, including those with protected characteristics, report positive experiences of the NHS. A review of the CCG internal engagement function lead to the re-launch of the Patient and Public Council which ensured wider representation of our population had a say in health matters relating to south Lincolnshire.
3. Continued to monitor complaints and comments to ensure that all sectors have their say and encourage feedback on access and experience from health professionals as well as patients and carers. For example a Quality complaints and concern report goes to QPEC to triangulate patient feedback, comments and concerns with other quality matters, which helps to identify issues and solutions.
4. We continue to develop specific project work to identify the views of carers on the health and social care needs of the person cared for. For example one of our key transformational projects is ongoing implementation of neighborhood teams. All patients and their carers within these teams have individual care plans, based upon their needs. We have also worked with general practices to ensure there is a Carers Champion to support both carers and those being cared for.
5. We are a Mindful Employer and make our equality information available on our website. This information is part of our public commitment to meeting the equality duties placed upon us by legislation and we pledge to update this regularly to continue to support staff with mental health related issues.
With regards to disability, we have moved from the 2 tick’s symbol to acquiring ‘Disability Confident. As part of this work we are making sure that we do not discriminate against disabled applicants, that we continue to support disabled employees (including those who may become disabled whilst in employment) to develop and use their abilities, and that we develop an appropriate level of disability awareness of all employees and members.
Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) Analysis
South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SLCCG)is committed to delivering the Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2).
EDS2 aims to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. It is intended to help organisations achieve compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and a number of other NHS standards. It is aligned to NHS England’s commitment to an inclusive NHS that is fair and accessible to all. View our EDS2 Summary Report >>
Our Equality and Diversity Objectives for 2018 – 22
Leadership and Commitment
Objective 1: Ensure our leaders are committed to raising equality and diversity standards, within our workplace, for our external stakeholder’s and the diverse communities we serve, in line with the PSED and our obligations to reduce health inequalities.
Targets: We will:-
• Review and update the Equality strategy 2016 – 2018 and outline our strategic direction in a new equality, diversity and human rights strategy for 2019 – 22;
• Work towards ensuring that SLCCG are at ‘Achieving Level’ of the EDS2 across all functions by end of 2019;
• Senior staff and board members set and agree objectives/targets towards reaching ‘Excelling Level’ by 2020/21;
• Agree work around Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in line with NHS England recommendations during 2018 and develop objectives/action plan for implementation during 2019 – 2022;
• Through relevant committees, discuss and agree relevant equality and diversity proposals for our employee’s and service users to aid the effective implementation of these objectives;
• Ensure SLCCG senior staff and Board/Committee members are provided with training on new developments and refresher training on ongoing initiatives so that they have the understanding and confidence to agree, monitor and evaluate equality and diversity work.
A Representative and Supportive Workforce
Objective 2: Ensure our leaders are committed to improving recruitment opportunities so that our Boards, committees and workforce reflect different protected characteristics.
Targets: We will:-
• Collect and analyse data of staff, board members, committees/networks to identify under-represented of individuals from different protected characteristics in particular work streams;
• Address under-representation on CCG boards, committees/networks and staff through development and implementation of positive action initiatives within our recruitment and selection processes to improve representation from different protected characteristics;
• Update our recruitment and selection processes so that they are fair and inclusive to all people and applicants are targeted as wide a field as possible;
• Move toward achieving Disability Confident level 2 by the end of 2018 and level 3 by the end of 2019;
• Ensure data and information is also collected on leavers via exit interviews to assess who leaves and why.
Improved Patient Access and Experience and Better Health Outcomes
Objective 3: Carry out effective communications, consultation and engagement exercises with different protected characteristics, groups and communities to support relevant reviews and development of CCG services, policies and practices with a view to improving patient experience and better health outcomes.
Targets: We will:-
• Collect local demographic data to identify different communities within our service area;
• Address gaps to improve representation of people from different protected characteristics on patient council and committees;
• Establish contact and target protected characteristics, groups and communities in relation to relevant reviews, ongoing development of health policy and practice and new initiatives;
• Improve the communication of CCG information through different channels including emails, website, social media, leaflets and posters, translation and interpretation of information as required;
• Set up and liaise with relevant internal and external equality related networks to ensure engagement around equality, diversity and health inequalities policy development, implementation and reviews;
• Work with providers to conduct annual Equality and Diversity surveys to identify the effectiveness of our service delivery – make direct contact with individuals, groups and communities representing different protected characteristics for more comprehensive feedback;
• Analyse the feedback through Equality and Diversity Communications group and report to relevant SLCCG networks/committees on outcomes and proposal for action.
Note: SLCCG will be producing an action plan in relation to the objectives, once they have been approved by the Quality and Patient Experience Committee.