Equality and Diversity

The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) is committed to equality of opportunity for all people and to eliminating unlawful discrimination.

We recognise and value the diversity of the local communities across East Berkshire and believe that equality is central to the commissioning of modern, high quality health services, particularly in relation to the protected characteristics as set out by the Equality Act 2010.

This means that:

Group of Diverse Multiethnic People
  • We will develop our Equality and Diversity philosophy via the CCG work plan.
  • We will take account of the diversity of the population we serve, and the potential barriers faced when accessing health services and how we can work to reduce these.
  • We will tackle health inequalities and work to ensure that barriers to health and wellbeing are effectively addressed. We will work to ensure our health providers also meet the legal requirements around equality and human rights.
  • We will strive to ensure that patients’ rights are upheld so that they can expect the care and treatment they receive to be provided in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination.

Our current equality and diversity objectives

  • We will make sure information is accessible.
  • We will develop an inclusive workforce that reflects our local communities and, provide appropriate levels of equality and diversity training and development to all staff and members of the Governing Body.

These objectives were agreed, after we invited local people to consider which objectives we should choose by setting up a survey. The survey had three questions. Each presented a short list of possible objectives relating to patient experience and engagement, our role as commissioners and our role as employers. We asked respondents to select the ones they considered would be most important for us to concentrate on.

The survey opened on 21 March 2016 and closed on 3 May 2016.

Equality Delivery System (EDS)

Using the Equality Delivery System (EDS) tool designed by the Department of Health (DH) we will better understand how equality can drive improvements and strengthen the accountability of services to patients and the public. It will help ensure that everyone – patients, public and staff – have a voice in how organisations are performing and where they should improve. The EDS is all about making positive differences to healthy living and working lives. The EDS will help us analyse what is required by section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the public sector Equality Duty”) in a way that promotes localism and also helps us deliver on the NHS Outcomes.

At the heart of the EDS is a set of 18 outcomes grouped into four goals. These outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and Boards. It is against these outcomes that performance is analysed, graded and action determined.

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Survey results for objectives

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Equality and Diversity Workplan

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2018 EDS 2 summary report

Published 31 January 2018
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2017 EDS 2 summary report

Published on 27 January 2017
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