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Equality and diversity 

In line with the Equality Act 2010, there is a Duty for all public bodies to consider how their activities affect people who share different ‘protected characteristics’ and publish this data annually. As a Clinical Commissioning Group we have a duty to do this as both commissioners of services and as an employer.

The protected characteristics covered by the Equality Duty are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race, including ethnic or national origins, colour 
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

There is also a responsibility for public bodies to consider how the decisions they make affect people who share different protected characteristics.

We are committed to embedding the principles and practice of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights within our business planning, service developments, commissioning processes, patient and public engagement and within our staff and workforce experience, to ensure the best patient outcomes for all our local population.

This is demonstrated in our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy 2013-16 which provides us with clear direction in taking this critical area of work forward. We will make this an integral part of our decision making and the ways in which we work. Applying the principles and practice will also support us in reducing health inequalities and commissioning services that are accessible by the whole community. This is also strongly linked with our absolute commitment to ensuring we commission high quality, safe services for all.

We will make sure our work of engaging with and involving our local populations in decisions about their own health care and about services being developed and commissioned on their behalf is underpinned by our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy and objectives. Doing this will reflect the principle of ‘no decision about me, without me’ and is at the heart of providing a patient-led service and ensuring that we treat people with respect, dignity and fairness.

We will continue to consult and engage with our GP members, patients, the public, local communities and their representatives and staff as we take this Strategy forward to secure high quality services for our local people which takes account of their needs and at a time and in a way which is accessible to them.

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