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.
The CCG 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.
Having due regard means considering the above in all the decision making, including:
- How the organisation acts as an employer
- Developing, reviewing and evaluating policies
- Designing, delivering and reviewing services
- Procuring and commissioning
- Providing equitable access to services.
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.
Protected 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
Equality Objectives 2017-2021 and implementation
We have defined four equality objectives following wide consultation with staff and local interest groups, using the Equality Delivery System.
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. We remain committed to these objectives.
These objectives are:
- Ensure patients and public have improved access to information and minimise communications barriers
- 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
- Recruit and maintain a well-supported, skilled workforce, which is representative of the population we serve
- Ensure the that NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group is welcoming and inclusive to people from all backgrounds and with a range of access needs
- To demonstrate leadership on equality and inclusion and be an active champion of equalities in partnership programmes or arrangements.
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 annually to the Board. You can find out more about how we are meeting these objectives in our latest equality information report
Read the Equality and Diversity summary report from January 2016 Board
Read the Equality and Diversity Assessment Draft Objectives Document
Read the Equality and Diversity Draft Final Objectives – March 2016
We have both an executive lead for equality, Sue Lee, Associate Director of Communications and Engagement and a Board member lead, Jason Stamp: Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement.