Equality and diversity

What is equality and diversity?

The Equality Act 2010 identifies nine ‘protected characteristic’ groups:

1.    Age

2.    Disability

3.    Gender reassignment

4.    Marriage and civil partnership (in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)

5.    Pregnancy and Maternity

6.    Race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality

7.    Religion or Belief – this includes lack of belief

8.    Sex

9.    Sexual orientation

The Public Sector General Equality Duty, which applies to NHS Chorley and South Ribble and any organisations that carry out public functions on its behalf (such as hospitals or community service providers) is included in the Act.

The Duty has the following aims:

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

The CCG is required to publish:

  • Annual details of how we have complied with the aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty. Click here to read our Equality and Diversity Strategy
  • Equality objectives every four years.

Equality and diversity in the CCG

NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG is committed to putting the patient at the heart of everything we do.

We do this by involving local people in decision making and by buying healthcare services that meet local needs.

We are also committed to making sure that we consider equality and diversity issues at all times.  For example, we make sure we listen hard to vulnerable people or those considered to be in a ‘seldom heard’ group, and when we plan, arrange or buy services, we take into account the impact of any changes on people.

We also work closely with local partners and organisations to try and improve health outcomes for all and eliminate health inequalities, and embed equality, diversity and human rights into all our processes and our day-to-day work.

Health Organisations have a duty to provide information to the public in a way that is accessible to each individual. 

Find out more about how we ensure the information we produce is accessible by downloading our Accessible Information Standard Statement. Or, for more information on how we embed equality and diversity into the organisation in our plans, visit the Plans, Publications and Policies section of our website. 

Equality Delivery System Assessment

Each year, the CCG is assessed on a range of equality and diversity criteria. The CCG is assessed by a panel of public, peers and professionals and rated as underdeveloping, developing, achieving and excelling.

The 2018 equality annual report is available on the Plans, Publications and Policies section of our website.