Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


We value the diversity of our local community and believe that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the commissioning of modern, high quality health services focused on the patient.

The ICB understands the diverse needs of its population and is committed to reducing inequalities and improving the quality of health outcomes of its local communities. We recognise that equality is not about treating everybody the same. Instead, it is about ensuring that access to opportunities are available to all by taking account of people’s differing needs. We embrace diversity and seek to recognise and value differences through inclusion.

In this section, you will find information about:

  • our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • equality impact and risk assessments (EIAs) and how they are used
  • NHS mandated standards relating to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and
  • how we report on EDI-related progress.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act was introduced in 2010 to make it easier for people and organisations to understand discrimination law. The Act provides protection to groups of people who may be discriminated against because of certain characteristics they share; and provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. For further information, see Equality Act 2010.https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents

The characteristics protected by the Equality Act (2010) are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Gender reassignment
  • Sexual orientation
  • Race
  • Religion and/or belief
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Marriage and civil partnership

We also consider other vulnerable groups such as:

  • Carers
  • Military veterans
  • Asylum seekers
  • Refugees
  • People from deprived areas

Not forgetting other groups that experience significant health inequalities such as those identified by the national Core20PLUS5 programme.

Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

LLR ICB is committed to:

  • Eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act (2010)
  • Advancing equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it


More information on the PSED can be found here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/public-sector-equality-duty

Equality Impact Assessments/Equality Analysis

We want to ensure our services are appropriate, equitable and accessible for everyone – nobody should be disadvantaged or discriminated against.

To achieve this aim, we must demonstrate we’ve considered the impacts policies, services and practices have on our patient population and our workforce – particularly those people with protected characteristics or those from vulnerable groups (see EIAs section below).

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