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Equality and Diversity

Promoting equality is at the heart of NHS St Helens CCG values

Supporting Equality and Diversity in the NHS

This NHS England video outlines how the NHS is supporting Equality and Diversity.

Equality and Diversity ensures we commission services fairly and that no community or group is left behind when we make commissioning decisions on behalf of our population, especially in relation to meeting  the unprecedented challenges the NHS face, as outlined in the ‘Five Year View’.

We will continue to work internally, and in partnership with our providers, community and voluntary sector organizations, and other key stakeholders  to ensure that we advance equality of opportunity and strive to meet our 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.

Equality objectives

We are required to prepare and publish Equality Objectives and to meet our Specific Duties as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. Our plan is specific and measurable and aims to address issues associated with access and outcomes across people who share protected characteristics. The CCG understands that at sometimes in our lives we may face barriers in relation to accessing health services or experience different outcomes. NHS St Helens CCG want to make a big difference to health outcomes across our diverse communities and our Equality Objectives will support us to do this.

Our equality objectives are:

  • 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 NHS Equality Delivery Systems self-assessment (EDS 2).  Please see our annual E&D report including our Equality Objective Plan

Please view our Equality delivery Systems 2 Summary report here

If you wish to contact the CCG on a matter relating to equality and diversity please contact:

Andy Woods Senior Governance Manager (Equality & Inclusion)

For further Equality Information about  Equality and Diversity, visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

For Race Workforce Equality Standard please click the link (this will be added soon)