Equality Diversity & Human Rights
Meeting our Public Sector Equality Duty
Salford CCG EDHR Strategy 2013-17 (Equality Diversity & Human Rights) is being developed for approval by our Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body.
We are developing a new 4 year Strategy for EDHR to set out our local intentions as we emerge, a fully approved CCG, a change resulting from the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and Primary Care Trusts being replaced by CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) by 31 March 2013.
Our CCG EDHR Strategy 2013 - 17 sets out our 5 Equality Objectives over this 4 year cycle. Please follow this link for more details of this strategy document (available later in 2014).
Our Equality Objectives for 2013-17 are as follows (first published April 2012):
- 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 and our Equality Delivery System (EDS) Actions will both be available with the strategy in due course.
Our strategy should include in summary:
- How we will deliver on our agreed Equality Objectives (2013-17)
- Our EDHR governance approach (including management of EDHR risks)
- Our Equality Delivery System (EDS) approach to gathering evidence and carrying out an annual public grading with local interest groups
- Our Annual Equality Data Publication findings (available on website by 31 January)
- EDHR compliance and quality checks through provider partner contract arrangements
- Equality Analysis (EA)
- Considering Reasonable Adjustments in workforce and service delivery issues
- Consultation with local protected groups, on key changes.
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.
What are our Public Sector Equality Duties?
Our General Duties are to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Protected characteristics - in the context of the PSED - are defined as:
- Gender Reassignment (Trans)
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Pregnancy maternity and breastfeeding mums
It also applies to marriage and civil partnership, but only in respect of the requirement to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination. Salford CCG also consider carers in all its scrutiny for inclusion work.
The Specific Duty requires CCGs to set Equality Objectives once every 4 years, and to annually collect equality data in relation to workforce and service delivery issues. The subsequent approved Annual Equality Data Publication should be published on our website by 31 January and should highlight any significant data gaps, with links to improvement plans. This is essential to enable us to target resources where they will make the most difference.
Annual Equality Data Publication January 2014
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. This involves gathering information from our provider partner organisations. Our providers should also annually publish their service access detailed report and analysis, by protected characteristic groups. We will aim to make clear progress in using our equality data for service improvements, with links to delivering our current Equality Objectives (2013-17).
As part of our legal duty and commitment to the equalities agenda across Salford we annually publish our workforce data (only where numbers are above 10) broken down by (pay bands), age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and where possible we will report by gender reassignment (Trans issues), marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, also carers.
As primary care trusts (PCTs) have now evolved into Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) following the April 2013 NHS re-structure, former PCT legacy data and reporting relating to 2012 workforce and service delivery equality data, has been removed from this webpage.
Salford CCG have produced their 31 January 2014 Annual Equality Data Publication, reporting on 2013 data available to the CCG from 1 April. Follow this link for the latest report which will show who (patients) is taking up our services via our main provider partners. Although we will report internally on workforce demographic profiles where self declared, we may choose not to publish this data as it may not prove to be meaningful due to CCG staff numbers being low. The annual publication will highlight any significant gaps in equality data for local protected groups and how such gaps can be effectively addressed during the four year Equality Objective delivery cycle for all CCGs only - 13 October 2013 to 2017.
An Easy Read version of our Annual Equality Report is available here
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.
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 follow this link.
If you have any questions about Meeting our Public Sector Equality Duties, or about Human Rights please contact:
Salford CCG Equality Diversity and Human Rights Consultant Julia Allen