We value the diversity of our local community and believe that Equality 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.
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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
As well as considering the healthcare needs of people with protected characteristics we also consider the needs of other vulnerable groups such as carers and health inequalities associated with social deprivation to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act (2010)
- Advance 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
The three requirements noted above are part of the Public Sector Equality Duty and ‘due regard’. More information can be found here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/public-sector-equality-duty
Health and Care Act 2022
The ICB has a legal duty under the Health and Care Act (2022) to reduce inequalities between persons with respect to their ability to access health services; and reduce inequalities between patients with respect to the outcomes achieved for them by the provision of health services. The Act also places duties on the ICB to promote the NHS Constitution, to enable choice, and to promote patient, carer and public involvement in shaping health services.
To do this effectively, the ICB works with its partner organisations to reduce health inequalities and embeds this requirement into its commissioning strategies and policies. The ICB is also required to demonstrate how it provides culturally sensitive services and ensures all patients can exercise choice and be involved in decision making.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
We published a strategy in April 2021 covering the period up to 2025. As a result of the CCGs’ becoming an ICB and the new partnership arrangements being introduced under the Health Care Act 2022, we will review and develop a new strategy to ensure it remains current and up to date with changes in health and care.
Accessible Information Standard (AIS)
Service providers across the NHS and adult social care system, are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard. The ICB is expected to give consideration to the duty and ensure that their providers are meeting this standard.
The Accessible Information Standard aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment, sensory loss, or varying communication need are provided with accessible information that they can easily read and understand or receive the support they require to be able to communicate effectively with health and social care services. When appropriate, AIS also applies to their carers and parents of service users.
Further information about the Accessible Information Standard can be found on the NHS England website
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