Equality, diversity and inclusion are key to the way we commission and deliver services and support our staff. Our aim is to reduce inequalities in health for the people of Wandsworth. As commissioners we are determined in our aims to:
- Remove unlawful discrimination
- Improve equality of opportunity
- Encourage good relations
In February 2014, we published a summary of equalities and diversity work at Wandsworth CCG since our establishment as a commissioning organisation in April 2013.
NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS)
To deliver equality and diversity as defined within the Equalities Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty (PSED), we have implemented the Equality Delivery System.
This tool was designed to support the NHS to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and improve working environments for staff.
In 2011/12 the EDS helped us to raise awareness of equality and diversity issues and helped us to set equality objectives for 2012/13.
The objectives, which were agreed by our Board in March 2012, fully complied with the timetable set out and are as follows.
Objective 1: Develop a systematic approach to Equality Analysis across South West London.
Objective 2: Increase input from representatives of the protected characteristics in the commissioning process.
Objective 3: Improve staff management and support during this next stage of transition.
Objective 4: Communicate the CCG leadership to all communities across Wandsworth.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The public sector equality duty requires public authorities, when carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
Public bodies must be transparent about how they are responding to the Equality Duty, and are required to publish relevant, proportionate information showing compliance with the Equality Duty annually.
We are determined to promote good health and reduce health inequalities for everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership.
All projects are required to complete an Equality Analysis before being implemented. This is to ensure that the project has considered the impact it will have on those communities it affects. To make sure this happens, we have improved the system we have for ensuring that all our work complies with Equalities legislation.