Equality and Diversity

NHS Gloucestershire CCG is committed to upholding the NHS Constitution and, specifically in relation to equality, diversity and human rights, the principle which requires us to provide “a comprehensive service, available to all irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity or marital or civil partnership status”.

We recognise that Gloucestershire has a diverse population and that individuals may have multiple identities which can cut across more than one protected characteristic; e.g. we all have an age and a racial identity. Some of our characteristics may change over the course of our lives, e.g. we may acquire a disability, some of us may change our religion.

We want to understand the needs of our diverse community and strive to treat everyone as an individual, with dignity and respect, in accordance with their human rights.

Equality and Diversity Strategy

This strategy is for all staff of the GCCG. It is our expectation that all staff will take responsibility for promoting equality; commissioning accessible services that respond to the diverse needs of communities in Gloucestershire. The strategy also establishes our commitment as an employer; to ensure staff have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.

In the context of this strategy, the following definitions apply:

Equality is ensuring individuals, or groups of individuals, are treated fairly and provided with equity of access and opportunity.

Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences, creating an environment or culture where everyone can participate and thrive.

Health inequalities are differences between people or groups due to social, geographical, biological or other factors, resulting in them experiencing poorer health and/or shorter lives.

Legislation and policy

Current legislation and guidance relating to equality is available here.

Useful Links and resources

The resources contained in this section of the website aim to support our staff with information about our local population to ensure that the services we commission:

  • provide equity of access
  • help reduce health inequalities

Inform Gloucestershire provides a wealth of data about the county and our local population including:

Understanding Gloucestershire

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment has been jointly produced by Gloucestershire County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group and aims to provide a common understanding of the County and its communities for use by decision makers and commissioners of services. It looks at need in the community and how it is expected to change in the future.

Mapping and Accessibility

This includes maps of administrative boundaries for districts, wards, parishes and electoral divisions.

Indices of Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation are national measures based on 37 indicators, which highlight characteristics of deprivation such as unemployment, low income, crime and poor access to education and health services.

Population

A selection of key tables including latest Census information (2011), Population Projections and Population Analysis of Protected Characteristics.

Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)

An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) should be undertaken to assess the impact of any service review, design or delivery. Completion of an assessment will help us identify particular communities who may be disadvantaged by any proposals for change, and allows us to target our engagement activity, support and information to help mitigate against this risk.

It is a key way that we ensure our services are non-discriminatory and completion of this process helps the CCG to demonstrate that it is meeting its obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty – i.e. the CCG, in the exercise of its functions, must have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Our Equality and Engagement Impact Assessment template can be downloaded here.  For help and support about completing an EIA, please contact Caroline Smith, Senior Manager Engagement & Inclusion.

Annual Reports

An Open Culture: Engagement-Equality-Experience is available below.  The reports include examples of good practice and demonstrate the local impact of patient and community voice.

Annual Report 2018 and appendix 1 Health Profile

Annual Report 2017 and appendix 1 Health Profile

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Our latest Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report is available here. 

Case Studies

We have developed case studies to illustrate examples of how patient experience and engagement inform our commissioning priorities and decisions and help ensure that we provide good quality services to all.  We have collated examples of our engagement activity under the following headings:

We also have a series of short videos where local patients, staff and community partners share their experiences of our services.

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