Equality and diversity

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 states that 'each commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions have the regard to the need to:

  • reduce inequalities between patients with respect to their ability to access health services
  • reduce inequalities between patients with respect to the outcomes achieved for them by provision of health services
  • promote the involvement of patients and their carers in decisions about provision of the health services to them
  • enable patients to make choices with respect to aspects of health services provided to them.
The Equality Act (updated 2011) and the NHS Constitution help set the standard for Clinical Commissioning Groups to follow. This means we should:
  •  eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • promote equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic, as well as those who do not. Protected characteristics include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

The NHS Constitution Principles state that: “The NHS provides a comprehensive service, available to all irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity or marital or civil partnership status. The service is designed to improve, prevent, diagnose and treat both physical and mental health problems with equal regard. It has a duty to each and every individual that it serves and must respect their human rights. At the same time, it has a wider social duty to promote equality through the services it provides and to pay particular attention to groups or sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population.”

How will we do this?
It involves:
  •  removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different
  • encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
As a commissioner (buyer) of services:

The CCG is committed to making sure equality and diversity is a priority when we plan and commission local healthcare services. To do this we work closely with our communities to understand their needs and how best to commission the most appropriate services to meet those needs.

As an employer:

Enfield CCG recognises that everyone is different, and values the unique contribution that individual experiences, knowledge and skills make in delivering quality healthcare and becoming a model employer.

We are committed to ensuring we have a diverse workforce by providing fair and equal access to all job opportunities, including access to career development and training opportunities for existing and future staff. To do this we aim to recruit the best talent that we can and remove any barriers to ensure that we have the widest possible pool of talent to draw from.

As a CCG

To ensure that we not only meet the legal requirements but go further to make equality, diversity and human rights integral in all of our decisions, we are implementing the Equality Delivery System (EDS) as agreed by the NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) and the Department of Health. It is planned that the EDS will become part of the system architecture of the NHS and NHS commissioners and providers will be issued with a set of Equality Objectives and Outcomes, against which each NHS organisation will analyse and grade its performance, in collaboration with local interests.

To make sure we promote equality and human rights we will set up a number of events, write a yearly report on Equality and use a tool called Equality Impact Analysis (EQIA) to analyse, review services and policies to ensure there is no unjustifiable adverse impact on the people we look after.

We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, victimisation, bullying or harassment based on race, ethnic or national origin, nationality, age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, marital status or caring responsibilities. Any action found to be in breach of any of these would be addressed in accordance with our disciplinary policies and procedures.

We aim to make sure our services respect your human rights, are fair and reflect local needs. Our staff and patients are all different. We want to make sure our services and employment practices respect, promote and celebrate these differences, be they in relation to age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. One size does not fit all in a CCG covering the borough of Enfield.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Emdad Haque, Senior Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager via email at emdad.haque@nhs.net