NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to promoting equality of opportunity; eliminating discrimination and to recognising and valuing diversity. Our aim is to ensure that we commission and provide accessible high quality health services and ensure equality and fairness in employment practices.
Our approach to equality, diversity and human rights is underpinned by our legal equality duties as a public sector employer and service commissioner. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination and will ensure that barriers to accessing services and employment are identified and removed.
The CCG recently agreed a new Equality Strategy for 2013-2017. pdf See the strategy , and our equality objectives.
Solihull CCG has identified five equality objectives. The objectives are based upon organisational priorities and gaps identified by analysing the equality monitoring information published earlier in 2013
The Equality Objectives are:
- Equality Objective 1
Improve equality analysis of service pathway design and transition processes to ensure the needs of people from ‘protected groups’ and disadvantaged groups are incorporated within systems where appropriate.
- Equality Objective 2
Improve Patient and public engagement for people from protected groups and disadvantaged groups so that it is inclusive. Appropriate stakeholder models and methods of working with diverse groups and communities are developed. Improve coordination of patient and public engagement and service user satisfaction information.
- Equality Objective 3
Improve accessibility of information and communication for people from ‘protected groups’ and disadvantaged groups. Monitor the quality of access to commissioned services for people from ‘protected groups’ and disadvantaged groups through contracts and patient feedback (e.g. physical access, communication needs, quality of care, outcomes).
- Equality Objective 4
Improve training and development opportunities for staff at all levels for equality diversity and human rights.
- Equality Objective 5
Ensure Board members and senior and middle managers have an understanding of equality, diversity and human rights so that equality is advanced within the organisation.