Equality means having the right to be treated as an individual and not to be discriminated against because of who you are or what makes you different from other people.
Salford CCG is committed to completing equality impact assessments (EIA) when we are making a formal decision, such as making changes/redesigning or commissioning services or policies, to make sure we are not creating a negative equality impact on those who share a protected characteristic.
Everyone identifies to the protected characteristics, we all have a race, sex, age etc, but some people will be treated differently or have different needs and the Equality Act 2010 is designed to protect them.
The protected characteristics are:
Marriage and civil partnership
Pregnancy and maternity
Religion or belief
Although not protected characteristics, Salford CCG also considers the impact on carers, people living in poverty and veterans.
EIAs provides a structured way of looking at and examining the effects or impact of a proposed or existing policy, practice, service (re)design or function on protected characteristic groups. We can use EIAs to find out what may be wrong, as well as to tell us what is working well. We can find ways of putting things right if needed, by talking and listening to and involving people from across the community and from protected characteristic groups. This will tell us what objectives and targets we need to set to put things right or improve things.