We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities in all our boroughs. We understand how important it is to all of us that the NHS commissions and provides services that are fair, accessible and flexible to meet the needs of our diverse communities.
We recognise the importance of our equality and health inequalities duties as a public body, an employer and a commissioner of healthcare services.
We understand and recognise that:
- People can experience inequalities, discrimination, harassment and other barriers
- Patients should be at the centre of our decision making, and in partnership we can deliver high quality, accessible services that tackle inequalities and respond to personal needs
- An environment of dignity, tolerance and mutual respect should be created, maintained and experienced by all our patients, staff and members
The Equality Act 2010 places a requirement on public bodies to demonstrate how they are:
- Eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
- Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
- Fostering good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
- Being transparent about how they are responding to the Equality duty, and are required to publish relevant, proportionate information showing compliance annually.
We’re determined to carry out these duties and ensure they inform how we plan and operate as an organisation.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) consists of general and specific duties for public authorities to meet under the Equality Act 2010, as set out above. We have a responsibility to demonstrate how we as an organisation are meeting our legal duties and are required to publish information annually showing how we comply.
All projects commissioned by NHS South West London CCG are required to complete an Equality Analysis prior to implementation. This is to ensure that the project has considered the impact it will have on those communities it affects.
We have developed a system to ensure that appropriate assessments are carried out at the right time. Equality Analyses form a key part of our documentation on every project.
Equality Delivery System reports
The Equality Delivery System is a system that helps NHS organisations improve the services they provide for their local communities and provide better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS, while meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The EDS was developed by the NHS, for the NHS, taking inspiration from existing work and good practice.