Black­pool Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) is com­mit­ted to ensur­ing Equal­ity and Diver­sity is a pri­or­ity when plan­ning and com­mis­sion­ing health­care ser­vices in our region.

The CCG rou­tinely col­lects equal­ity data and uses this infor­ma­tion to ensure that its 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 its func­tions, it has 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; and to
  • fos­ter good rela­tions between peo­ple who share a rel­e­vant pro­tected char­ac­ter­is­tic and those who do not.

Black­pool CCG is work­ing hard to ensure not only that its 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 described above, the CCG must demon­strate that it has 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, the Equal­ity and Inclu­sion Annual Report below has been produced in order to meet the above duty.

Equality & Inclusion Annual Report 2015 – 16

The Clinical Commissioning Group aims to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their protected characteristic e.g.  sex, race, age, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity or marriage and civil partnership status.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and ensuring inclusion of local people in decision making both as a commissioner and as an employer.

Blackpool faces some of the most challenging economic and social conditions in terms of areas of deprivation, educational attainment, health inequalities and life expectancy.

As an organisation that buys health services on behalf of the local community we are working closely with local health providers, Blackpool Council, the police, the voluntary sector and community forums to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Blackpool.

As an employer we are aiming for a workforce that reflects the expertise and diversity of our local community to ensure the needs of the local population are met.

Blackpool CCG and the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 (the Act) came into force in October 2010 and  identified 9 protected characteristics and these are set out below and are covered by the Public Sector Equality Duty:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Marriage and Civil Partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
  5. Pregnancy and Maternity
  6. Race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
  7. Religion or Belief – this includes lack of belief
  8. Sex
  9. Sexual orientation

The Public Sector Equality Duty can be found in section 149 of the Act and this came into force on 5 April 2011.

The Duty applies to NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group, the Commissioning Support Unit and any organisations it has contracts with who carry out public functions on behalf of the CCG e.g. GPs, Dentists and Hospitals.

The Duty has three aims:

  1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  3. Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

The Equality Duty is supported by Specific Duties which require the Group to publish relevant, proportionate information demonstrating compliance with the 3 aims of the Equality Duty and specific, measurable equality objectives every four years.

The CCG must publish its equality information annually.

Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group has worked to embed Equality and Human Rights in all its processes and has taken a human rights based approach to decision making engaging local people from across all 9 protected groups at all key stages in gaining authorisation and will continue  this approach from 1 April 2013.

Blackpool CCG published its equality information as set out below:

The Equality and Inclusion Strategy is currently being reviewed and refreshed for 2017-2012. We would appreciate any feedback on the draft of the strategy. To be part of the review please visit our polls and surveys page.

Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES)