Equality and diversity

Promoting equality is at the heart of our values. We will commission services fairly, so that no community or group is left behind in the improvements we make across the area. This is especially important as we work towards the challenges faced by the NHS, set out in the Five Year Forward View.

We will continue to work with our staff and member GP practices and in partnership with our service providers, the community and voluntary sector and other key organisations, to ensure that we advance equality of opportunity and meet the exacting requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to meet our Public Sector Equality Duty across a range of protected groups including age, gender, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion/belief, gender identity, marital/civil partnership status and pregnancy/maternity status.

Guidance for commissioners on meeting legal duties for equality and health inequalities also supports our work.   

Our equality objectives

We are required to prepare and publish equality objectives to meet our specific duty as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. Our plan is specific and measurable and we will update the plan on an annual basis.

We understand that sometimes in our lives we may face barriers in relation to accessing health services or experience different outcomes. We want to make big differences to health across our diverse communities and our following equality objectives will support us to do this:

  • To make fair and transparent commissioning decisions
  • To improve access and outcomes for patients and communities who experience disadvantage
  • To improve the equality performance of our providers through robust procurement and monitoring practice
  • To empower and engage our workforce

To help us set our equality objectives we used the NHS equality delivery systems self-assessment (EDS2) and we have produced a summary report of our findings.

Our equality and diversity annual report includes our equality objective plan

Want to know more?

You can find more information about equality and diversity from the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

See our race and workforce equality standard.

If you would like to contact us about an equality and diversity matter, please email Andrew Woods, senior governance manager (equality and inclusion).