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.
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:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
- Religion or Belief – this includes lack of belief
- 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:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
- 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:
- Equality and Inclusion Strategy
- Blackpool CCG Equality Delivery System Report 2016
- Equality Delivery System
- Equality Objectives
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.