Equality and diversity

 

Our Approach to Equality and Diversity

At NHS Hull CCG, we are committed to developing, supporting and sustaining a diverse workforce that is representative of the community it serves. Equally, we are committed to commissioning (buying) a health service that respects and responds to the diversity of the local population.

We aim to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment and those who use NHS services that we commission, and not to discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

As an employer, we recognise and value people as individuals and accommodate differences wherever possible by making adjustments to working arrangements or practices. We actively work to remove any discriminatory practices, eliminate all forms of harassment and promote equality of opportunity in our recruitment, training, performance management and development practices.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 brings together a raft of protections against discrimination and duties for public bodies in a single Act. We recognise our duties within the Equality Act to:

  • Elimination of all unlawful discrimination - including harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the act.
  • Advancing equality of opportunity - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • Fostering good relations - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

Definitions

Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs.

Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all.

Discrimination is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as less favourable treatment because of a protected characteristic.

Protect characteristic is a term used in the Equality Act 2010 to describe who is protected by the Act. The protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act are: age, sex, race (including ethnicity and nationality), disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity and marriage or civil partnership.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides definitions for each protected characteristic here[1]

1. Link: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/equality-act/protected-characteristics

Equality Objectives 2015-2018 and implementation

We have defined four equality objectives following wide consultation with staff and local interest groups, using the Equality Delivery System. These objectives are:

Hull CCG defined the following equality objectives in 2015, based on analysis through the Equality Delivery System, in consultation with staff and other local interest groups:

  1. Ensure patients and public have improved access to information and minimise communications barriers
  2. To ensure and provide evidence that equality is consciously considered in all commissioning activities and ownership of this is part of everyone’s day-to-day job
  3. Recruit and maintain a well-supported, skilled workforce, which is representative of the population we serve
  4. Ensure the that NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group is welcoming and inclusive to people from all backgrounds and with a range of access needs

We have a regularly reviewed action plan to ensure that we are making progress against these objectives. This is reported to our Quality and Performance Committee throughout the year, and twice a year to the Board. 

Read the Equality & Diversity summary resport from January 2016 Board.

Read the Equality & Diversity Assessment & Draft Objectives Document.

Read the  Equality & Diversity Draft Final Objectives - March 2016

We have both an executive lead for equality, Michael Napier: Assistant Director of Corporate Affairs, and a Board member lead, Jason Stamp: Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement.