Our populations are diverse, with a richness of backgrounds, culture and language that make Sandwell and West Birmingham very vibrant places to live. Equally, we have high levels of poverty and deprivation that can make everyday life difficult for some members of our communities and that can affect their health.
Yet it is some of these very groups that face barriers to healthcare, which is simply not acceptable.
It is apparent that if we do what has been done previously, things are unlikely to change. A one size fits all approach simply will not do, but neither can we resource individual services for every patient. We will focus our attention on making sure that every service we commission is inclusive, and on removing barriers that prevent access. Where this is not possible, we will work with those groups affected to commission appropriate and sensitive services.
This is why we have committed to embedding an inclusive approach that will bring about a cultural change in the way that we commission services and behave as an employer. This approach will ensure that our patients, especially those that are most vulnerable and in greatest need, see a noticeable difference in their health outcomes, experiences and interactions with health and social care services and staff.
We ensure that everyone who works in partnership with or for us is clear and committed to our vision and the pace of change ahead. Change will not be easy, or happen overnight, but we have started to introduce the building blocks that will make our vision a reality.
Together with our partners and stakeholders, we are excited about the road ahead.
Ranjit Sondhi CBE, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG's Equality and Diversity Lead
Equality Strategy and Objectives
Our 2018-19 Equality and Diversity Annual Performance Report will be published shortly.
To see our past performance click here