We recognise and value the diversity of the local community and believe that Equality and Inclusion is central to the commissioning of modern, high quality health services focused on the patient.
The CCG understands the diverse needs of its population and is committed to reducing health inequalities and improving the quality of health outcomes of its local communities. We also recognise that equality is not about treating everybody the same. Instead, it is about ensuring that access to opportunities are available to all by taking account of people’s differing needs and capabilities. We appreciate diversity and seek to recognise and value differences through inclusion.
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act was introduced in 2010 to make it easier for people and organisations to understand discrimination law. The Act provides protection to groups of people who may be discriminated against because of certain characteristics they share; and provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.
We also consider the healthcare needs of other vulnerable groups, such as carers and consider health inequalities associated with social deprivation.
For further information, see Equality Act 2010.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public sector equality duty came in to force in April 2011 (s.149 of the Equality Act 2010) and public authorities like the CCG are required, in carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, 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.
For more information visit: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en
Health and Social Care Act (2012)
WL CCG has a legal duty under the Health and Social Care Act (2012) to reduce inequalities between patients regarding their ability to access health services, and to ensure that services are provided in an integrated way. The Act also places duties on the CCG to promote the NHS Constitution, to enable choice, and to promote patient, carer and public involvement in shaping health services.
To do this effectively, WL CCG works with its partners to reduce health inequalities among those in the greatest need and embeds this requirement into its health and wellbeing strategies. The CCG is also required to demonstrate how it provides culturally sensitive services and ensures all patients can exercise choice and be involved in decision making.
Additionally, the CCG is required to consider how it proposes to pay due regard to the need to reduce inequalities in its annual commissioning plan and must include an assessment in its annual report to explain how effectively the CCG has paid due regard in its work. For more information, please see the Health and Social Care Act (2012).
You can read more about our work in the reports below:
Equality and Inclusion Annual Reports
Equality Delivery System (EDS 2)
The Equality Delivery System (EDS2) is a national toolkit mandated by NHS England that supports us to provide better working practices and environments that are free from discrimination.
It helps us understand how well we are responding to the equality issues that matter most to patients and staff. It also tracks our performance against national benchmarks, including the CCG Assurance Framework.
Previous gradings can be found in the Annual reports.
Modern Day Slavery Statement
Leicester City CCG, West Leicestershire CCG and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG (LLR CCGs) are committed to implementing the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the statement sets out the steps that the LLR CCGs are taking to ensure that the organisations are free from Modern Slavery. Read it in full.
Accessible Information Standard (AIS)
From 1 August 2016 onwards, all organisations that provide care or adult social care are legally required to follow the AIS and CCGs are expected to give consideration to this duty and ensure that their providers are meeting this standard.
The AIS aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment, sensory loss, or varying communication needs are provided with information that they can easily read and understand, or receive the support they require to be able to communicate effectively with health and social care services.
Further information about the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS England website.