As a public sector organisation South Tyneside CCG is statutorily required to ensure that equality, diversity and human rights are embedded into all our functions and activities as per the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution.
In the exercise of our functions we will have due regard towards the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share protected characteristics and those who do not.
This means that we should:
- Work towards removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
- Take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
- Encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
Our aim is to uphold these objectives and to close the gap in health inequalities. Please view our equality strategy.
Our Equality Objectives
The Equality Act 2010 outlines specific duties on certain public bodies (of which NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is one) to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty more effectively. These specific duties are to:
- Publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the Equality Duty at least annually
- Set equality objectives at least every four years
NHS South Tyneside CCG has developed its equality objectives as listed below:
- Continuously improve the way patient centred, quality and safe services are commissioned
- Improve and increase engagement with patients across all 9 protected groups
- Demonstrate that the CCG is committed to their staff, ensuring a flexible working environment, free from abuse, harassment, bullying or violence and eliminating all aspects of discrimination
- Ensure that the Governing Body and other committees have ownership and insight of Equality and Diversity, ensuring all papers have a completed Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)
We looked at lots of information to identify what our objectives needed to be, including monitoring data on service access, patient experience and engagement with local interest groups. We then gathered this information and shared it with our partners and members of the public. We then asked how they rated us on our services and if they agreed with our equality gradings. By working with our partners and members of the public, we could listen to feedback and this helped form our equality objectives. These equality objectives were formally signed off by the CCG Governing Body on 10 October 2013.
We will show how we have made progress against these equality objectives annually in our Annual Equality and Diversity publication which will be published on this website.
Our equality information provides an overview of how we meet our public sector equality duty, both through commissioning and employment. We endeavour to work with our community interests and internal groups to prioritise our work which will produce better outcomes. This information is not exhaustive and there are key CCG documents which provide further information about our policies, objectives and actions.
Equality Impact Assessments
Our Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) Toolkit has been implemented into core business processes to provide a comprehensive insight into our local population, patients and staff’s diverse health needs.
The tool covers all equality groups offered protection under the Equality Act 2010 (Race, Disability, Gender, Age, Sexual Orientation, Religion/Belief, Marriage and Civil Partnership and Gender Re-assignment) in addition to Human Rights and Carers, as well as including prompts for engagement with protected groups the tool also aids compliance with the Accessible Information Standard.
We have listed the main documents pertinent to Equality and Diversity below and provided the links if anyone wishes to read them. They include:
Equality and Health Inequalities Pack – South Tyneside CCG
The pack contains data on a number of healthcare areas in South Tyneside CCG to demonstrate where there are potential opportunities for addressing equality and tackling inequalities.
Health Profiles: www.healthprofiles.info
Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES)
The CCG assesses itself against the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) annually to ensure that:
- data is collected and review against the nine WRES indicators
- an action plan is produced to close any gaps in workplace experience between white and Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) staff, and
- Board membership includes BME representation.
Further information regarding WRES can be found here Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
South Tyneside CCG is required to publish a WRES annual report and action plan to address any areas for improvement. The CCG is committed to the WRES and you can see our most recent report and action plan below:
For more information on the CCG’s WRES, please contact NECSU.Equality@nhs.net
Modern Slavery Act (2015) Statement 2016/17
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has introduced changes in UK law focused on increasing transparency in supply chains and to ensure supply chains are free from modern slavery (that is, slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking). As both a local leader in commissioning health care services for the population of South Tyneside and as an employer, South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) provides the following statement in respect of its commitment to, and efforts in, preventing slavery and human trafficking practices in the supply chain and employment practices. Please read our statement in full.