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Equality and Diversity

Rochdale borough is one of the most deprived boroughs in England, and is ranked between 16th and 46th most deprived in the Indices of Deprivation 2015 measures of deprivation at district level. The borough has a significantly ageing and young population with communities which are ethnically diverse. Many of the characteristics of life within the borough have negative implications for health and this puts the promotion of better health and the reduction of health inequalities at the heart of all we do.

We cannot achieve this without ensuring our services are accessible and responsive to all residents in the borough, and we are committed to delivering high quality and safe services. We are also committed to involving all aspects of our community in shaping local health services.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Promoting equality, diversity, human rights and inclusion is at the heart of our values, ensuring that we commission, redesign and decommission services fairly and that no community or group is left behind in the improvements that we make to health outcomes in the Borough of Rochdale. This is especially important as we work towards the challenges faced by the NHS, set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View. 

We continue to work in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council, our providers, voluntary and community sector agencies and other key organisations to ensure that we advance equality of opportunity and meet the 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, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status and pregnancy or maternity status.

Download here Guidance for commissioners on meeting legal duties for equality and health inequalities pdf 0.6 MB which also supports our work.

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Act also sets out a number of specific duties which require the clinical commissioning group to:

  • Publish annually equality information by 31 January. Each year we are required to publish relevant and proportionate information to show what we are doing to respond to the general duties and to set equality objectives. This includes information about our workforce and for those living in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale who are affected by the CCG’s policies and practices when commissioning health and social care services.
  • To set and publish equality objectives every four years. NHS England guidance on the timeframes for CCG’s to set equality objectives as of 13 October 2013.

Equality Objectives and Equality Delivery System Goals

To help us further meet our requirements under the Equality Act 2010 and our Public Sector Equality Duty, we have also identified specific ‘Equality Objectives’ and ‘Equality Delivery System’ goals;

 Our Equality Objectives 2013 – 2017:

  • Improved data monitoring, collection and usage
  • Joined-up approach to complex care
  • Information and engagement
  • Engaged and fully equipped staff

We are in the process of reviewing our Equality Objectives and will be publishing our new objectives in our Annual Equality Publication January 2019.

Our Equality Delivery System Goals

  • Better health outcomes
  • Improved patient access and experience
  • A representative and supported workforce
  • Inclusive leadership

You can find out more about the Equality Delivery System here. 

Equality Analysis

Equality Analysis is a primary source for demonstrating how we have considered legal duties under the Human Rights Act 1998, The Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Analysis evaluate the likely impact on people with a protected characteristic to ensure that employment practices and service commissioning and provision promote equality of opportunity and do not discriminate in any way.

The equality analysis process provides an audit trail from inception to decision-making should an organisation be legally challenged or for freedom of information requests.

Whilst the analysis are not a means for ensuring or delivering legal compliance they enable us to capture the considerations made and evidence during key activities such as:

  • Policy development and review
  • Budget planning and allocation
  • Service planning, review and re design
  • Projects and work programmes
  • Commissioning and procurement

We have carried out a range of equality analysis and human rights screening when carrying out their duties to ensure the organisation is paying due regard to the three aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty and the Human Rights Act.

EA/EIA Masterclasses 2018-19

Over the next 12 months we will are delivering a suite of EA/EIA masterclasses to staff across Health and Social Care to develop the knowledge and capacity of undertaking an Equality Analysis (EA)/Equality Impact Assessment (EIA).

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard

The NHS England Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is to help local and national NHs organisations to review their data against nine WRES indicators, to produce action plans to close the gap in workplace experience between White and Black Minority Ethnic (BME) staff, and improve BME representation at Board level of the organisation.

Implementing the WRES is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS provider organisations.

The CCG has included this standard within our contracts, frameworks and performance – management arrangements with our NHS provider bodies to ensure the standard is promoted.

You can read the CCG’s WRES reports below:

You can find out more about WRES here

Accessible Information Standard

The accessible information standard was developed by NHS England to make health and social care more accessible. All organisations that provided NHS care or adult care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.

The CCG has included this standard within our contracts, frameworks and performance – management arrangements with provider bodies to ensure the standard is promoted.

We are committed to meeting NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard. This means that when we communicate with you we will:

  • Ask if you have any communication needs
  • Record those needs in a clear way
  • Highlight them in our record of the correspondence
  • Share your needs with appropriate organisations
  • Act to make sure you receive the information you need in a format you can understand

Contact Information

For further details about any of the information listed on this page please contact Samina Arfan, EDI Strategic Lead (Equality Diversity Inclusion) at samina.arfan@nhs.net

To request information from us in a particular format, please feel free contact us