Equality performance

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Due Regard 2017

The table below provides some examples of how the CCG can demonstrate compliance and due regard with the general and specific duties of the Equality Act 2010.

More detailed information will be published in April 2018. 

Legal Requirement Due Regard to Equality 2017
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act
  • Revised and refreshed workforce, safeguarding and information governance policies to ensure they remain legally compliant.
  • Analysed workforce data (WRES) and implemented action plans to address unwanted variation.
  • Involved the CCG staff council in the development and review of workforce policies.
  • Ensured that equality analysis and impact assessments (EqIA) are integral to, and embedded within, the CCG commissioning process.
  • Listened to our staff and provided training on bullying and harassment, living the CCG values, resilience, unconscious bias, grievance, effective recruitment and preventing violence and extremism.
  • Provided guidance to primary care providers in relation to the accessible information standard.
  • Cascaded WRES guidance to providers and reviewed their analysis and action plans, addressing unwanted variations where this has been identified.

Foster good relations between people of different groups

(tackle prejudice and promote understanding between people)

  • Showcased and celebrated the excellent work and initiatives being delivered across Sandwell and West Birmingham to improve the lives of people with a learning disability at the CCG Equality Awards 2017.
  • Commissioned be-spoke services to support asylum seekers in accommodation centres to access minor illness, pharmacy, mental health and maternity services.
  • Supported effective primary care access for people arriving through the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Scheme.
  • Commissioned training for GP practice staff to break down barriers that negatively impact people’s interactions with practices. Focus on learning disability, gypsy/traveller, homeless and new-arrivals.
  • Worked with staff and users of mental health services to co-design a wellbeing service for Sandwell.

Advance equality of opportunity between people of different groups or ‘protected characteristics’

(minimise disadvantage, meet needs and increase participation)

  • Published information on how the CCG has addressed health inequalities within its annual report 2016-17.
  • Embedded the NHS safer recruitment standards to ensure equality of opportunity across the recruitment pathway.
  • Extended access to primary care during the weekday and at weekends.
  • Implemented plans for Transforming Care for people with learning disabilities and autism into appropriate community care settings.
  • Increased latent TB screening in primary and community settings, by targeting groups at greatest risk.
  • Stroke risk factors are high for some groups.  We have Improved Hypertension and Arterial Fibrillation (AF) identification rates in primary care meaning that more people will get access to appropriate management to reduce their risk of stroke.
  • Undertaken targeted consultation & engagement with different groups to inform and shape the decisions we make. This includes people who identify themselves as - homeless, gypsy and travellers, LGBT, mental health service users, young people, asylum seekers, new arrivals, Asian parents of disabled children, pregnant women and people from African Caribbean communities.

 Equality Strategy

The Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality and Diversity Strategy is currently being refreshed and will be published in 2018.