Slough CCG has had a statutory duty from 1st April 2013 to ensure compliance with the Equality Duty showing we have had due regard to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity as well as foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not.

The protected characteristics we need to consider are as follows:


View the EDS2 Summary Report for east Berkshire CCGs, published 27 January 2017.

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  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

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. The four EDS goals are:

1. Better health outcomes for all

Objective

To embed the EDS and Equality Impact Assessments within commissioning processes, which will be informed by engagement of representatives from the protected characteristics.

NHS Berkshire Objective

To embed the Equality Delivery System and Equality Impact Assessments within commissioning processes undertaken by Clinical Commissioning Groups, which will be informed by engagement of representatives from the protected characteristics.

Equality Impact Assessments within commissioning processes, which will be informed by engagement of representatives from the protected characteristics.

Slough CCG Actions

Ensure that EIA is incorporated into Commissioning planning processes for 2013/14, taking into account priorities identified within the JSNA.

2. Improved patient access and experience

Objective

To ensure our Engagement Strategy will include consultation with representatives from the protected characteristics.

NHS Berkshire Objective

To ensure that the Clinical Commissioning Group’s Engagement Strategy will include consultation with representatives from the protected characteristics.

Equality Impact Assessments within commissioning processes, which will be informed by engagement of representatives from the protected characteristics.

Slough CCG Actions

Review arrangements for patient and public engagement to assess representation of protected characteristics. Work with Local Authority partners to address gaps in representation.

3. Empowered, engaged and included staff

Objective

Equality Impact Assessments within commissioning processes, which will be informed by engagement of representatives from the protected characteristics.

Not applicable to CCG teams due to small size.

NHS Berkshire Objective

To continue to develop a culture of openness and foster good relations with staff during this time of transition, through the development of robust transition plans.

Slough CCG Actions

Ensure that arrangements for diversity and staff satisfaction monitoring of providers are included in requirements for Commissioning Support.

4. Inclusive leadership at all levels

Objective

To ensure designated equality leads are covered within a leadership role.

NHS Berkshire Objective

To establish effective governance structures within Clinical Commissioning Groups and ensure designated equality leads as part of their leadership role.

Slough CCG Actions

To support the Nurse Governor in undertaking their CCG Board lead role for Equalities, and ensure that the Board is provided with training required to enact their statutory duties.

     
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