Involving All Our Communities
Equality and Diversity
The CCGs are committed to putting the voice of patients and the public at the heart of commissioning activities. This includes involving people in how decisions are made, how services are designed and how they are reviewed.
The CCGs have a range of engagement mechanisms that are intended to ensure that the diverse needs of the people living in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire effectively inform the services commissioned.
The CCGs are also committed to continuing to improve communications with local people to deliver targeted and tailored messaging that reaches the right people more effectively.
For Service Users
- Endeavour to ensure that patients and their carers have a positive experience of care where they are listened to, respected and have their privacy and dignity is prioritised
- Where experiences have not been positive, work with partner organisations to ensure issues are handled respectfully and efficiently
- Promote equality between people who share a relevant characteristic and those who do not share it
- Provide information to our patients and members of the public in accessible formats
- Commission services that are designed and procured to meet the health needs of local communities, promotes wellbeing, and reduces health inequalities or accessibility
- Protects people from discrimination and create an environment of fairness and respect where people are confident in all aspects of their diversity, especially ensuring that services consider the impacts of care on the protected characteristics as detailed in the Equality Act 2010 Ensure staff fully understand the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion;
- For Staff
- Empower our staff to challenge prejudice and make reasonable adjustments in their own work areas
- Provide opportunities for staff to share their experiences and opinions and enable staff to raise concerns when discrimination occurs
- Ensure that the environment in which our staff work which is free from unlawful discrimination
- Provide leadership which promotes a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion which runs as a golden thread through mainstream business
- Protects people from discrimination and ensure all our undertakings consider the impact on the protected characteristics as detailed in the Equality Act 2010
Public Sector Equality Duties
A report – Statutory Equality Duties - setting out the statutory obligations placed on the six Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCGs by the Equality Act 2010 and to outline the work, ongoing or planned within the extant CCGs, to meet the general and specific public sector requirements of the Equality Act was approved by the Governing Bodies meetings in common on 9 January 2020. The aim of this work is to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion considerations are appropriately embedded in the work of the new NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, both as a commissioner and as an employer.
EDS2 was reviewed during 2018/19 and a revised version – EDS3 – has been developed. It is due to be piloted in certain areas during 2020, which includes Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Further details of EDS3 to support the pilot are due to be published in January 2020.
Participating in the pilot means that the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCGs are not required to undertake an EDS2 assessment for 2019/20. Therefore, the specific equality duty requirement to publish information to demonstrate compliance with the PSED will be incorporated within the CCGs’ Annual Reports for 2019/20.
Specific examples of work included;
Your Health Event
People with learning difficulties, their families and carers were being invited to take part in a special ‘Your Health Event’ to find out more about their health and services that are available to them locally taking place in the Lammas Leisure Centre on Wednesday 19 June (10am-3pm). In the first event of its kind locally, teams from Sherwood Forest Hospitals, the Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group (GGC) and Everyone Health have come together to give people with learning difficulties the opportunity to meet their specialist teams. The event included information stalls on services and products available to them, the chance to find out more about their health and the chance to take part in activities like ice skating, bowls.
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LGBT+ Networking, Information, Health and Wellbeing Event
A representative of the Notts. LGBT+ Network delivered a training session to staff from a variety of statutory and voluntary sector organisations at Castle House, Newark on 24 June 2019. Attendance at the event included staff from;
- Newark and Sherwood District Council
- NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG
- Newark and Sherwood CVS
- Age UK
- Victim Support
- Everyone Health
The session was extremely well delivered, thought provoking and plans are being developed to widen the reach of the training across mid Nottinghamshire.
The Clinical Commissioning Groups recognise their responsibilities to providing healthcare and related services which are equally accessible and appropriate to everyone within the community which we serve. We will do this by engaging with our communities and being inclusive, involving our ‘underserved’ groups and individuals that are not as well engaged in the NHS as others. Specific examples of work undertaken included;
- Development of a Homelessness Directory for agencies to support signposting for some of the most vulnerable people in our community
- A series of Protected Learning Time (PLT) Sessions have been delivered to over 300 non-clinical staff working in primary care looking at the specific needs of people Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, people with a disability and the deaf community when they visit a GP surgery. The presentations for the PLT sessions may be found below;
Examples of some of the pledges made by participants include;