Equality and diversity – our approach
NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG has recently reviewed its Equality Plan and Objectives and the CCG undertook a consultation with service users, carers, local communities, stakeholders and staff.
The CCG has taken into consideration the following protected characteristics in developing the Equality and Diversity Plan and three objectives which the CCG will commit to over the next four years. The protected characteristics, which are identified in the Equality Act 2010 are:
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
A report was presented the CCG's November Governing Body at which the Equality Objectives and Equality and Diveristy Plan was approved. Click here to view a copy of the report.
NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG's Equality and Diversity Plan reinforces the CCG's commitment to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity in the way we commission healthcare services and creating a workforce that is broadly representative of the population we serve.
We are determined that this Plan and the delivery of its supporting actions will make a significant difference to the communities we serve – both in terms of the experience of accessing and using health services as well as achieving better health outcomes. We are also committed to ensuring that our staff are empowered, engaged and well-supported at a time of significant organisational change.
The CCG reviewed its equality objectives in autumn 2017. The following objectives were formulated through the self-assessment of the EDS and the engagement work which was undertaken by the Communications and Engagement team. These reflect the ongoing challenges that the CCG face in ensuring that harder to reach groups access appropriate healthcare.
Objective 1 - The CCG will increase input from representatives of the protected groups in the commissioning process.
Objective 2 - During the development and redesign of services due regard will be made to ensure they are accessible to all service users.
Objective 3 - The CCG will continue to embed equality and diversity principles by developing and supporting all staff and Governing Body members to promote and champion all aspects of the CCG’s work.
Click here to view the steps which have been identified to achieve the objectives.
The CCG's Equality Delivery System (EDS2) self-assessment is reviewed annually to monitor progress made in delivering the Equality and Diversity Plan and objectives.
Click here for the CCG's latest version of the EDS2 Self Assessment.
Click here for the CCGs EDS2 Action plan approved by the CCG's Governing Body.
An Equality Impact Analysis (EIA) is a way of estimating the likely equality implications of either:
- The introduction of a new policy, project, or function or,
- Changing an existing policy, project, or function within the organisation.
Once equality implications have been identified, steps can be taken to amend the proposed policy, project or function or amend the way in which it is currently implemented to ensure it is inclusive and does not discriminate (either deliberately or accidentally).
We have developed and implemented a tool and guidance for use by staff to help identify the likely impact. Specific training has been provided to our CCG members and staff and our Governing Body will consider the results of this analysis during the decision making process. Governing Body papers and decisions can be found here.
The following is a list of Equality Impact Assessment used by staff at the CCG:
- Policies - EIA Template
- Strategy Development - EIA Template
- Service Review - EIA Template
- Service Specification - EIA Template
- Business Case - EIA Template
- Decommissioning - EIA Template
EIAs completed on policies are published with the relevant policy, here. Other EIAs are listed below:
From 1 April 2015 all NHS organisations have been required to demonstrate how they are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas by completing a Workforce Race Equality Standards report. NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG routinely publish these, click below to view the reports: