Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCG’s are committed to embedding the key principles of Equality and Inclusion and Human Rights at the core of our day to day business and decision making. The CCG’s are committed to commissioning inclusive services and understand that these services should reflect the needs of the diverse communities we serve. This will require participation and feedback from a range of stakeholders including; patients, the public, staff, service providers, voluntary and community support groups and greater collaboration between the CCG’s and its key partners.
The Equality Act 2010 is the primary piece of legislation relating to; equality, diversity and inclusion. It brings together several existing equality laws into one place so that it is easier to use. It sets out the personal characteristics that are protected by the law and the behaviour that is unlawful.
It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their:
Consideration is also given to communities or seldom heard groups who don’t always access NHS services. This could include homeless people, Asylum Seekers or communities within areas of deprivation. Health inequalities don’t always reside in areas of deprivation for example rural areas, where isolation can be linked to mental illness.
The 2010 Equality Act, Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is set out in section 149 of the Act. In summary, those who are subject to the (PSED) must give due consideration to its 3 key aims:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
The Equality Acts Public Sector Equality Duty contains specific duties. Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCG’s are organisations that are subject to these duties and must:
- Publish at least every 4 years Equality Objectives
- At least annually report on how the organisation is meeting its PSED and its’s Equality Objectives.
You can view and download the appropriate Equality and PSED documents in the links below. They are also available to access in the Publications folder.
- Combined CCG Equality Strategy 2018-2021
- Combined CCG PSED Annual Report 2018-19
Combined CCG Equality Objectives 2018-2021
Other Key Equality Legislation
Human Rights Act 1998
The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. It incorporates the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic British law. The Human Rights Act came into force in the UK in October 2000. You can click here to find out more information on the Human Rights Act.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 was enacted to put clinicians at the centre of commissioning, freed up providers to innovate, empowers patients and gives a new focus to public health.
East Staffordshire Health, Equality and Population Profile
Health and demographic data is important in helping the CCG to better understand the diversity of its communities and their specific health needs. Demographic data refers to data that is usually socio-economic in nature such as population size, race, sex, age, income, levels of deprivation education and employment, and which represents certain geographic locations. A wide variety of social and health outcomes can be impacted by the level or lack of health and demographic information.
The Equality and Health Inequalities RightCare Pack considers measures of health inequality and aims to support CCGs and health systems to identify areas of improvement in promoting equality and reducing health inequalities. Previously such analysis has not been available at CCG level NHS East Staffordshire CCG
Other Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCG Equality and Health Inequalities RightCare Packs:
- NHS Cannock Chase CCG
- NHS Stoke on Trent CCG
- NHS North Staffordshire CCG
- NHS South East Staffs and Seisdon Peninsula CCG
- NHS Stafford and Surrounds CCG
A guidance document has been produced to further explain the contents of these RightCare Packs. Click here to view the Equality and Health Inequalities (EHI) RightCare Pack Methodology Guide
You can view and download our Accessibility and Communications Statement 2019/20 by clicking here or through the Equality Inclusion and Human Rights drop down menu on the left of your screen.