As a public sector body, Stafford and Surrounds CCG is required under the 2010 Equality Act to make provision for various obligations and legally-mandated duties conferred on us by the Act (known as the ‘Public Sector Equality Duty’ or PSED). These PSED requirements relate to the CCG as an NHS Commissioner, local system leader and as an employer. When deploying our commissioning functions, we are required to promote equality and diversity and tackle health inequalities. Part of these duties relate to the publication of certain strategy documents, including our CCG objectives in this area, along with annual equality and inclusion reports to show how we are performing against those.
The CCG is committed to promoting equality in the local community and further afield.
Your views on our latest Equality and Inclusion Strategy 2018 - 2021
The six Clinical Commissioning Groups in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have been working on compiling a first joint Equality and Inclusion Strategy for the next three years.
Follow the link to read the pdf draft strategy (1.18 MB)
The CCGs have been seeking feedback on shaping this strategy, from as wide a range of local groups and organisations as possible, both on the strategy itself and also on the four equality objectives which are set out in the strategy. This included seeking feedback from seldom heard groups / protected characteristic groups / inclusion health groups and their representatives.
Your feedback is very valuable as we are committed to working with patients, carers and public including our seldom heard groups, to ensure their voice is considered and acted upon where ever possible.
To help to gather views, a survey was available from 18th September until 21st October 2018. The results from the survey are currently being analysed and a summary report will be published when it is available.
Staffordshire CCGs will also be seeking bespoke feedback from a range of seldom heard / vulnerable groups across Staffordshire including via our Local Equality Advisory Forum or LEAF groups in the north, and the developing group meeting in south / east of Staffordshire.
Equality Impact and risk assessments
Equality Impact and risk assessments are processes designed to ensure that a policy, project or scheme does not discriminate against any disadvantaged or vulnerable people. We undertake Equality Impact and Risk assessments to:
- Meet the Equality Act 2010 (The Equality Act protects people from various types of discrimination relating to the different protected characteristics)
- Ensure we commission the right services and meet local need.
The CCGs Equality Impact and Risk Assessment Tool, is processed through an IT based system called U-assure. This enables the CCGs to show ‘due regard’ to the three aims of the Equality Act’s General Equality Duty by ensuring that all requirements around equality risk are given advanced consideration prior to any change or review of policies, services or functions. There is a short presentation to provide more information about Equality Impact and Risk assessments
Our Health Profile provides more information about the current demographics of the local population in Stafford and its surrounding areas.
We want to make sure that our buildings and our published information is accessible to everyone. Follow the link for details of our office locations and how to find us. If you require this information in an alternative format please contact us.
Equality and Inclusion Annual Report
The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies and NHS Trusts to assess their performance on equality and inclusion across the protected characteristic groups (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation) and show how they are improving the experiences of staff, patients and service users and other stakeholders.
Each year we publish our annual pdf Equality and Inclusion Report, (649 KB) which details the progress we have made over the last year on equality and inclusion issues in regard to its staff, patients and service users and other stakeholders.
Modern Slavery Act Statement
Slavery is a violation of a person’s human rights. It can take the form of human trafficking, forced labour, bonded labour, forced or servile marriage, descent-based slavery and domestic slavery. A person is considered to be in modern slavery if they are;
- Forced to work through mental or physical threat
- Owned or controlled by an “employer”, usually through mental or physical abuse
- De-humanised, treated as a commodity or sold or bought as“property”
- Physically constrained or has restrictions placed in their freedom of movement
Equality Delivery System (EDS) public grading
The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is about treating all patients, carers and staff fairly. It is about making sure everyone has a say in how healthcare services involve and listen to all local people. Along with South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Cannock Chase CCG, we held public and staff events in January and March 2016. You can pdf read the full EDS 2 report here (482 KB) or read the Easy Read report of the EDS public grading event.
Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES)
NHS England has recently introduced the Workforce Race Quality Standard (WRES), which requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality. The WRES will ensure that all healthcare staff are treated fairly and with respect, which will have a postive impact on patient care.
These videos from NHS England highlight the leadership commitment given to the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard.
As part of our Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) and statutory duties each year we produce a report analysing our staff make-up. As a CCG we have we have prepared the WRES report for internal use to enable improvement to the treatment and experience of BME staff to be made, we have analysed the data for 2016 and 2017 WRES reports and reported on its implications and what steps should be taken to address gaps between the treatment and experience of white and BME staff through an action plan.
In Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the numbers of Black Minority ethnic (BME) staff employed are relatively small, in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act, where publication might reasonably lead to the identification of individuals due to small numbers, wider publication of very small numbers in any of the Indicators is not appropriate as it may enable the identification of individuals, we have therefore not published these reports online.
View the CCG Governing Board pdf WRES Statement of Commitment (210 KB) .
For further information visit the NHS England WRES webpage.
Accessible Information Standard
Read more about the Accessible Information Standard including Implementation Guidance.
Referrers should record patients’ information and/or communication needs on the ‘additional requirements’ screen within the NHS e-Referral Service so that those needs are shared with the provider (who can then take the necessary action to ensure that those needs are met). Read more about the Accessible Information Standard and the e-Referral Service.
Read about NHS England’s Accessible Information and Communication Policy showing how the Accessible Information Standard can be adopted by other organisations.
Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF)
A number of representatives from a range of minority grops act as critical friends on a whole range of issues.
LEAF meets regularly and advises us on new policies and proposals to ensure we are fulfilling our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010. They help us to make sure that we are minimising any barriers to accessing local health sevices. If you are part of an organisation that can support us, please get in touch.
The Terms of Reference can be found pdf here (286 KB)
If you would like to receive material from the Staffordshire 6 CCGs websites or our key publications in another format – such as audio, Clear Information, Easy Read, British Sign Language, interpreter services, large print, or Braille – please contact the general reception number and speak to any member of the administration team - 01782 298002 or use ‘Next Generation Text’ service for deaf and hard of hearing patients, carers and staff.
Staffordshire CCGs want our patients, carers, staff and partner organisations to be able to understand our information in the format that is most accessible to their individual needs. This includes identifying and reasonably removing ‘barriers’ for people accessing our information, services, premises, any employment or engagement opportunities. This may involve responding to our anticipatory equality duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’, from requests received.
This Equality and Inclusion Strategy will also become available on the CCG websites in summarised Easy Read format.