Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group
Equality and Diversity
Equality and Diversity
We are required to ensure that equality, diversity and human rights are embedded into all our functions and activities as per the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution. As a public sector organisation we are committed to:
- Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Fostering good relations between people who share protected characteristics and those who do not.
This means that we should:
- Work towards removing or minimising barriers suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
- Take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
- Encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
The Equality Act 2010 outlines specific duties on certain public bodies (which includes our member CCGs) to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty more effectively. These specific duties are to:
- Publish information to demonstrate our compliance with the Equality Duty at least annually.
- Set equality objectives at least every four years.
Our equality objectives are listed below:
- Continuously improve engagement, and ensure that services are commissioned and designed to meet the needs of patients.
- Ensure processes are in place to provide information in a variety of communication methods to meet the needs of patients, in particular the ageing population and those with a disability.
- Monitor and review staff satisfaction to ensure they are engaged, supported and represent the population they serve.
- Ensure that the CCG Governing Body actively leads and promotes Equality and Diversity throughout the organisation.
We developed our objectives through the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) process and looked at lots of information to identify what our objectives needed to be, including monitoring data on service access, patient experience and engagement with local interest groups. We gathered this information and shared it with our partners and members of the public. We then asked how they rated us on our services and if they agreed with our equality gradings. By working with our partners and members of the public, we listened to feedback and this helped form our equality objectives and action plan.
These equality objectives were signed off by the CCG’s Quality Safety and Risk (QSR) committee on 2nd March 2017.
Updates against these objectives are provided quarterly through our Governance Assurance Report. We will show how we have made progress against our Equality Agenda annually in our Annual Report which will be published on this website.
Our equality information provides an overview of how we meet our public sector equality duty, both through commissioning and employment. We endeavour to work with our community interests and internal groups to prioritise our work which will produce better outcomes. This information is not exhaustive and there are key CCG documents which provide further information about our policies, objectives and actions. We have listed the main equality documents below and provided the links if anyone wishes to read them.
Disability Confident Level 2 Employer Accreditation
NHS Rightcare Quality and Health Inequalities Pack
Equality Impact Assessments
Our Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) Toolkit has been implemented into core business processes to provide a comprehensive insight into our local population, patients and staff’s diverse health needs.
The tool covers all equality groups offered protection under the Equality Act 2010 (Race, Disability, Gender, Age, Sexual Orientation, Religion/Belief, Marriage and Civil Partnership and Gender Re-assignment) in addition to Human Rights and Carers, as well as including prompts for engagement with protected groups the tool also aids compliance with the Accessible Information Standard.
Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES)
The CCG assesses itself against the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) annually to ensure that:
- data is collected and review against the nine WRES indicators
- an action plan is produced to close any gaps in workplace experience between white and Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) staff, and
- Board membership includes BME representation.
Further information regarding WRES can be found here Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
Newcastle Gateshead CCG is required to publish a WRES annual report and action plan to address any areas for improvement. The CCG is committed to the WRES and you can see our most recent report and action plan below:
For more information on the CCG’s WRES, please contact NECSU.Equality@nhs.net
Trans Equality work
As part of our ongoing work to support all people living in Newcastle Gateshead CCG regardless of any protected characteristics, the CCG supported and funded two events in 2018 to explore the needs of trans members of the public and patients accessing our services.
Trans Lives Matter took place on 24 May 2018 and Trans Lives NE Conference 2018 took place on 20 November – this was International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR).
Both these conferences were about recognising the needs of all our patients in Newcastle and Gateshead and to stop gender issues being a barrier for people accessing services, creating a culture of equality for all and fairness to be treated in a way that is right for you.
Documents relating to the events can be found below: