Equality and diversity

‘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.’

At East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), we are fully committed to embedding a culture of inclusiveness and continue to strive to meet the needs and aspirations of our patients, service users, carers and staff in commissioning services which respond to individual needs.

As an employer, we recognise and value people as individuals and accommodate differences wherever possible by making adjustments to working arrangements or practices. As a commissioner of health services, we work with other health care providers and contractors to ensure that valuing diversity and promoting fair access to services are core elements of care and that full consideration is given to all equalities issues when planning or redesigning services and when assessing the health needs of our local population. In partnership with local communities and other local organisations in the health and social care sector, we aim to reduce inequalities in health.

Our Equality and Diversity Plan reinforces these commitments and is the first step in outlining our approach to equality and diversity, whilst ensuring compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. It highlights the national and local drivers that will shape and influence our approach to promoting equality in our commissioning decisions and valuing the diversity of service users and employees.

Click here to read our Equality and Diversity Plan. And to view the easy read version click here. 

Equality and Health Inequality NHS RightCare Packs
We also utilise the Rightcare equality and health inequality packs produced by NHS England in any business decisions. 

These have been produced with an aim to support health and care systems design and deliver services that work to reduce health inequalities in access to services and improve health outcomes for the CCGs diverse local populations. 
Click here to find out more information. 
 

Equality and Quality Impact Assessment (EQIA)
Here at the CCG we are committed to ensuring that any commissioning decisions, business cases, Quality Improvement Plans (QIP) and any other business plans, including changes to services delivery are evaluated for their impact on quality and equality. 

What is a Equality and Quality Impact Assessment?
An impact assessment is a continuous process that systematically tests the quality impacts of possible or actual business plans designed to change patient care. The impacts are assessed and the potential consequences on quality are considered with necessary mitigating actions outlined in a uniformed way.

Click here to read our EQIA Policy 

Click here to read Equality Impact Analysis Guidance 2018 document 

Click here to read out EQIA guidance tool. 
 

Equality Objectives
To inform our equality and diversity plan 2016-2020, we worked with key stakeholders to refresh our equality objectives using the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS2) as a framework for engagement. This assessment included a review of progress against the previous objectives. 

Objective 1
Our services will be more accessible for all, particularly for people with disabilities

Objective 2
Our workforce will be more representative (both directly and through our contracted provision) and equipped to deal with culturally sensitive issues

Progress Updates
The Equality Plan is monitored by the CCG's Diversity & Inclusion Group.  In 2017-18 we have:

  • Moved to level 2 of Disability Confident with an agreed action plan to achieve level 3
  • Met our target to train one in ten of our staff as Mental Health First Aiders
  • Delivered Unconscious Bias training to all our managers
  • Continued to support the implementation of the Accessible Information Standard
  • Included individual patient and carer experiences as part of Governing Body meetings raising awareness and increased understanding of particular issues and barriers faced by people with a number of protected characteristics, including people with long term conditions and dementia.

Consultation and Feedback

We welcome any feedback or ideas from patients, carers and staff on our performance in relation to equality and diversity.  Please send any comments via e-mail Eroy-pct.ContactUs@nhs.net or by post to

Chief Officer
East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Second Floor, Health House
Grange Park Lane
Willerby
HU10 6DT

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