Diversity and inclusion
Meeting our Public Sector Equality Duty (EDHR)
All public sector organisations are required by law to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Public Sector Duty (see legislation page for further details), this requires us to publish evidence to show we are meeting these standards.
The Salford CCG EDHR Strategy 2015-18 (Equality Diversity & Human Rights) was approved by our Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body in September 2015. It sets out how we will work with key partners to develop and deliver joint actions which will support us in reducing health inequalities by identifying the needs of our most vulnerable groups under our key Equality Objectives or you can link via the board papers from September 2015.
- 1) Improve health and narrow the gaps in access, experience and outcomes.
- 2) Improve collection and use of data/evidence for all protected groups.
- 3) Communicate and engage with all protected groups.
- 4) Develop equality and diversity competent and well supported staff.
- 5) Develop leadership, corporate commitment and governance arrangements for equality and diversity.
Our EDHR Action Plan will be available with the strategy in due course. Salford CCG are determined to evidence through their overarching EDHR Action Plan, how they are taking 'due regard' of each of the local protected characteristic groups in all their planning and decision making processes. Improved equality outcomes are a necessary result from the EDHR Strategy, action planning, monitoring and reporting on assurances to CCG.
Annual Equality Data Publication
We want to ensure all parts of our local communities have fair access to NHS information, services and premises when we need to use NHS 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. Each year, we will publish information to show what we are doing to:
- Eliminate discrimination in healthcare
- Reduce inequalities in health for local vulnerable groups
- Recognise and address any barriers faced by more vulnerable protected community groups, in accessing healthcare
- Encourage people who are less likely to access our services to take advantage of the health benefits services can offer
- Foster good relations between different community groups by tackling prejudices and 'prohibited discrimination'.
We will report on what equality data we have and any significant gaps identified from monitoring local protected groups.
Salford CCG has produced their 2016-17 Annual Diversity and Inclusion Publication and Annual Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Report (January 2018).
We will also evidence how we are meeting our public sector equality duty (PSED) through use of: Equality Analysis or EAs leading us to scrutiny for fair access to information and services for vulnerable local people, good equality outcomes, and through our EDS2 annual public grading, working with trained local interest groups. Follow this link to CCG's EDS2 webpage or Equality Analysis (EA).
What are Human Rights?
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world.
Ideas about human rights have evolved over many centuries. But they achieved strong international support following the Holocaust and World War II. To protect future generations from a repeat of these horrors, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For the first time, the Universal Declaration set out the fundamental rights and freedoms shared by all human beings.
These rights and freedoms - based on core principles like dignity, equality and respect - inspired a range of international and regional human rights treaties. For example, they formed the basis for the European Convention on Human Rights in 1950. The European Convention protects the human rights of people in countries that belong to the Council of Europe. This includes the United Kingdom.
Until recently, people in the United Kingdom had to complain to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg if they felt their rights under the European Convention had been breached.
However, the Human Rights Act 1998 made these human rights part of our domestic law, and now courts here in the United Kingdom can hear human rights cases. Find out more about how human rights work.
How do human rights help you?
Human rights are based on core principles like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy. They are relevant to your day-to-day life and protect your freedom to control your own life, effectively take part in decisions made by public authorities which impact upon your rights and get fair and equal services from public authorities.
For more on human rights, please click: What are Human Rights?.