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  • Equality and Diversity Strategy and Plan

    If you require this document in another format or language, please contact:

    023 9268 4513

    enquiries@portsmouthccg.nhs.uk

    NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, Headquarters, St James’ Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth PO4 8LD.

    www.portsmouthccg.nhs.uk

    http://www.portsmouthccg.nhs.uk/

  • Contents

    Foreword ................................................................................................................................................... 1 1. Introduction ........................................................................................................................................ 2 2. Our Achievements .............................................................................................................................. 3 3. Equality Actions .................................................................................................................................. 7 Appendix One: Action Plan ....................................................................................................................... 8 Appendix Two: Equality Act 2010 – Protected Characteristics .................................................................. 9 Appendix Three: Equality Act 2010 General and Specific Duties ............................................................. 10 Appendix Four: Human Rights Act 1998 – Outline ................................................................................. 11 Appendix Five: NHS Equality Delivery System 2 – Goals and Outcomes ............................................... 12

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    Foreword

    We are pleased to launch our second Equality and Diversity Strategy and Action Plan for

    Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group. This document sets out our commitment to taking

    equality, diversity and Human Rights into account in everything we do whether commissioning

    services, employing people, developing policies, communicating with or engaging local people in

    our work.

    This strategy and action plan will help the Clinical Commissioning Group to tackle current health

    inequalities, promote equality and fairness and establish a culture of inclusiveness that will

    enable health services in Portsmouth to meet the needs of all.

    Our Governing Body commits to monitoring our progress and reporting regularly and openly on

    the developments in this plan. We acknowledge and accept our roles in supporting the strategy

    and will play our full part in making its aims a reality.

    Dr Jim Hogan

    Clinical Leader/Chief Clinical Officer

    Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group

  • 2 1 Department of Health (2013) The NHS Constitution: the NHS belongs to us all. March. HMSO London.

    2 HMSO (2010) Equality Act 2010. London.

    3 HMSO (1998) Human Rights Act 1998. London.

    4 HMSO (2012) Health and Social Care Act 2012. London.

    1. Introduction

    1.1 NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to equality of

    opportunity for all people and to eliminating unlawful discrimination. We recognise and value the diversity of the local community and believe that equality is central to the commissioning of modern, high quality health services, particularly in relation to the protected characteristics as set out by the Equality Act 2010.

    1.2 This means that:

     We will take account of the diversity of the population we serve, and the potential barriers some people face when accessing health services and how we can work to reduce these.

     We will tackle health inequalities and ensure there are no barriers to health and wellbeing.

     We will ensure our health providers also meet the legal requirements around equality and human rights.

     Members of the public have the right to expect the care and treatment they receive to be provided in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination.

     CCG staff have the right to work in an environment that is free from discrimination, victimisation and harassment.

    1.3 The CCG’s equality and diversity work is based on:

     The principles of the NHS Constitution1

     The Equality Act 2010 and the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty under that Act2

     Human Rights Act 19983

     Health and Social Care Act 2012 requirements, including the duties placed on the CCG to reduce health inequalities, promote patient involvement and involve and consult the public4

    1.4 This paper describes NHS Portsmouth CCG’s achievements since we published our first

    Equality and Diversity Strategy in 2012. It also sets out our action plan for the next year in line with the CCG’s priorities within its Operating Plan 2014 to 2015.

  • 3 5 Department of Health (2011) EDS2, Making Sure Everyone Counts. A refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS.

    London. November.

    2. Our Achievements

    2.1 The CCG’s first Equality and Diversity Strategy was published in September 2012. It set out

    the organisation’s commitment to taking equality, diversity and human rights into account in everything we do, whether commissioning services, employing people, developing policies, communicating with or engaging local people in our work.

    2.2 As a result of our Equality and Diversity Plan 2012, the CCG has achieved the following:

    2.2.1 Complied with the Public Sector Equality Duty

    The CCG has used the NHS Equality Delivery System5 (EDS2) to help achieve compliance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 including the Public Sector Equality Duty. Using EDS2, the CCG identified its strengths and weaknesses to produce baseline evidence in order to prioritise actions. From this assessment and the EDS2 goal of “empowered, engaged and well-supported staff”, the CCG developed an equality objective. That is, to improve staff awareness and responsiveness to needs of protected groups. The CCG has published this equality objective. Improvement on the baseline will be sought through a survey of CCG employed staff and CCG facing staff in commissioning support partner organisations. This survey will seek to measure the number of staff responding positively to a range of questions evaluating their awareness of the needs of different protected groups, and their ability to respond to those needs.

    2.2.2 Built equality and diversity into our governance structures:

     Incorporated equality and diversity into the CCG’s Constitution.

     Developed and published a Human Resource Framework that refers to compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

     Assessed our impact of our employment policies and procedures in relation to race, disability and gender.

     Incorporated equality and diversity into the CCG’s Commissioning Plan 2013-2016.

     Incorporated equality and diversity into the CCG’s Organisational Development Plan.

     Provided reports on the CCG’s compliance with equality duties to the Governing Board.

     Published performance against EDS2 on the CCG’s website at: http://www.portsmouthccg.nhs.uk/

     Adopted a tool to be used jointly across health and social care for undertaking Equality Impact Assessments on all our functions and commissioning plans. By undertaking equality impact assessments we will assess the effect of our policies, plans, procedures, projects and decisions on the different communities that comprise the population we serve and also our employees.

    http://www.portsmouthccg.nhs.uk/

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    2.2.3 Equality and Diversity Training

    Equality and Diversity training for all our staff is mandatory and managers are encouraged to promote a culture where equality and diversity is part of the everyday business of the CCG.

    2.2.4 Tackling Health Inequalities Advancing equality and tackling health inequalities is a key driver for the CCG. We are a key partner on the Portsmouth Health and Wellbeing Board where leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population and reduce health inequalities. Portsmouth’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is produced by the CCG and Portsmouth City Council in partnership with the voluntary and community sector, Portsmouth Hospitals and Solent NHS Trusts, the University of Portsmouth, JobCentre Plus and Hampshire Fire and Rescue to assess jointly the health and wellbeing of the people of Portsmouth. The JSNA Steering Group has links to other partnership boards, particularly to the Children’s Trust and the Safer Portsmouth Partnership. The JSNA directly informs the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. This Strategy is the mechanism for the CCG and the local authority to address the needs identified in the JSNA by setting out agreed priorities for collective action by the key commissioners. These commissioners are the CCG, local authority and NHS Commissioning Board. It also provides the opportunity to identify how commissioning of wider health related services could be more closely integrated with commissioning of health and social care services. Portsmouth Health and Wellbeing Strategy may be found at: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/documents-external/hlth- jhwellbeingstrategy201213and201314.pdf Our agreed priorities have be

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