Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

The NHS is for everyone. No matter your gender, the colour of your skin, your heritage or your age, everyone should receive the same high quality care every time you use a NHS service.  

The Equality Act became law in 2010 and covers everyone in Britain. It protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine protected characteristics:

  • Age

  • Disability

  • Gender reassignment

  • Marriage and civil partnership

  • Pregnancy and maternity

  • Race

  • Religion or belief

  • Sex

  • Sexual orientation

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act requires public bodies, like Salford CCG, to consider how our decisions and policies affect people with different protected characteristics. Although not protected characteristics, Salford CCG also considers the impact on carers, people living in poverty and veterans. Our Equality Strategy 2015 - 2018 details how we do this and we set some specific and measurable objectives, which are refreshed at least once every four years.

Equality objectives 2018 – 2021

Throughout autumn 2017, an extensive engagement exercise took place with the people of Salford to refresh our equality objectives . First, we asked what our equality objectives should be, then later asked our stakeholders to vote on which four protected characteristic groups they want us to target our efforts

The combination of results from the public and the wider stakeholders told us they want us to prioritise:

  1. Older people

  2. Young people

  3. People with disabilities

  4. People in poverty

In total over 180 people helped to inform the final set of objectives and the priority action list:

Salford CCG will take positive action to reduce health inequalities and improve health outcomes for protected groups in the city by:

  • communicating clearly with all of our diverse communities, ensuring any communication needs are recorded, understood and addressed

  • engaging effectively with all of our diverse communities, gaining a clear understanding of their wants, needs, issues and challenges

  • ensuring data relating to how our diverse communities access and use health and care services is robustly collected, monitored and analysed

  • delivering an on-going programme of improvement projects to address the wants, needs, issues and challenges identified during the data analysis and engagement

  • developing a representative workforce at all levels, with the principles of effective diversity and inclusion embedded into the organisation’s culture

Annual Equality Data Publication

Each year, the CCG publishes equality information to show what we are doing to:

  • Eliminate discrimination in healthcare

  • Reduce inequalities in health

  • Remove any barriers faced by certain community groups in accessing healthcare

  • Encourage people who are less likely to access our services to take advantage of the health benefits they can offer

  • Foster good relations between different community groups by tackling prejudices.

The data published will include information on:

  • Diversity in our community

  • Diversity within our workforce

  • How we have assessed the impact of our decisions on equality

  • and specific work undertaken to reduce inequalities.

Salford CCG has produced a Diversity and Inclusion (Interim) Annual Report 2017-18 and Workforce Profile (Interim) Report 2017-18

We will also evidence how we are meeting our public sector equality duty (PSED) through use of equality impact assessements (EIAs), 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