Equality and inclusion

We are committed to ensuring equality and inclusion is a priority when planning and commissioning healthcare services in our area.

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We routinely collect equality data and use this information to ensure that services and employment opportunities are fair and accessible to all. Under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector General Equality Duty, organisations must publish sufficient information to demonstrate that, in the exercise of their functions, they have a due regard to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not

We are working hard to ensure not only services are appropriate and accessible for all members of our community, but that no one is disadvantaged or discriminated against by the services we put in place.

In order to achieve the aims of the General Equality Duty, we must demonstrate that we have a good understanding of the impact that policies, services and practice have on people with different protected characteristics. An important way for the organisation to achieve this is through the collection and analysis of equality information, including information on engagement with people from protected characteristics, where relevant.

Therefore, we have produced an Equality and Inclusion Strategy in order to meet this duty.


Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES)

NHS England has mandated WRES for all NHS commissioners, and their larger provider partner organisations (where the combined contract value exceeds £200k pa) from April 2015.

The latest WRES report from NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG can be viewed here.

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Meeting our Public Sector Equality Duty in 2015/16

Download a copy of our Equality And Inclusion Annual Report 2015-16 ( pdf | 6.7 MB ).

The CCG wants to ensure all parts of our local communities have fair access to NHS information, services and premises when they need to use services.

We know that not all people access or take up services in the same way and we want to try to take reasonable steps to accommodate these different needs, particularly for vulnerable protected groups.

The CCG is working hard to ensure not only that our services are appropriate and accessible for all members of our community, but that no one is disadvantaged or discriminated against by the services we put in place.

The CCG publishes an Equality and Inclusion Annual Report each year to show what we are doing to routinely collect equality data and use this information to ensure that our services and employment opportunities are fair and accessible to all. Under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector General Equality Duty, public sector organisations such as CCGs must publish sufficient information to demonstrate that, in the exercise of the CCG’s functions, it has ‘due regard’ (gives early consideration) to:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and to
  • foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.

Workforce Report: As part of our legal duty and commitment to the equalities agenda we annually publish our workforce data (within the Annual Equality and Inclusion Report). This data is broken down by (pay bands), age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and where possible we will report by gender reassignment (Transgender issues), marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and carers.

Note: Some data may be withheld from the report to comply with Data Protection Act requirements when publishing equality data.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 requires CCGs to:

  • reduce inequalities between patients with respect to their ability to access health services, and
  • reduce inequalities between patients with respect to the outcomes achieved for them by the provision of health services.

The mandated NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS) is the NHS England equality performance framework which requires CCGs (and their provider partners) to produce evidence of how local people from protected groups fare in healthcare compared to people in general.  An annual public grading is carried out by trained patient and carer representatives from local communities of interest, who scrutinise and grade the CCG’s evidence, with an annual public dashboard of scores displayed on the CCG website. The CCG works with the EDS Stakeholder group to improve evidence for annual grading’s and how this is presented.  Visits to the CCG are planned to raise awareness of how the CCG commissions local services for priority healthcare areas and gives consideration to local protected groups in all their planning and decision making processes.  Follow this link to the CCG Five Year Strategic Plan and the Review of the Year.

Equality impact and risk assessments of key healthcare changes: In order to achieve the aims of the General Equality Duty described above, the CCG must demonstrate that it has a good understanding of the impact that policies, strategies, programmes, services and practice have on people with different protected characteristics. An important way for the organisation to achieve this is through the collection, analysis and scrutiny of equality information, including information on engagement with people from protected characteristics where relevant. Such consultation and engagement with local vulnerable and patient groups provides an opportunity for the CCG to consider any feedback received and any potential negative impact from changes under early stage consideration.


Previous Annual Equality and Inclusion Reports

Request for information in an alternative format

The CCG wants to ensure that our information is fair and accessible to all sections of our local communities. To request any of our documents in an alternative format such as braille, larger print or audio please email quoting your address and, telephone number along with the title of the publication.

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