Equality is about making sure everyone is treated fairly and given an equal chance to access opportunities. It is not about treating everyone the same way, as people may require different things to achieve similar outcomes. Diversity means ‘difference’. When it is used in the same context as ‘equality’, it is about recognising and valuing individual as well as group differences. It also means treating people as individuals and placing positive value on the diversity they bring as a result of them belonging to a certain personal protected characteristic or their cultural background.
Public Sector Equality Duty and the Equality Act 2010
Equality is a legal principle to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity to people and groups. The Public Sector Equality Duty Act 2010 defines this protection based on protected characteristics. The Act brought with it a Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This is made up of a general duty and specific duties. The general duty forms the main part of the legislation, and is supported by specific duties which support public bodies to demonstrate performance and compliance. The PSED requires public bodies, such as NHS Calderdae CCG, to declare their compliance with the duty on an annual basis to show how we:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
- 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.
Protected characteristics, in the context of the PSED,are defined as:
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Gender reassignment
Under the specific duties of the PSED we are required to:
- Publish information to demonstrate compliance with the general duty annually, including data on those with a protected characteristic who are affected by our policies and practices
- Publish one or more equality objectives covering a four-year period
Calderdale CCG Public Sector Equality Duty reports
- NHS Calderdale CCG Public Sector Equality Duty Report 2016
- NHS Calderdale CCG Public Sector Equality Duty Report 2015
- NHS Calderdale CCG Public Sector Equality Duty Report 2014
Our equality objectives 2013-17 document gives details of the objectives the CCG has set to show demonstrable improvement in general equality duty.
Equality delivery system
The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a toolkit designed by the Department of Health to help NHS organisations to improve the services they provide for their local communities, consider health inequalities in their locality and provide better working environments, that are free of discrimination NHS employees. The EDS has four goals, with 18 specific outcomes. NHS organisations need to listen to and engage with patients, carers, voluntary organisations and people who work in the NHS in order to grade their equality performance, identify where improvements can be made and act on their findings. The EDS goals are:
- Better health outcomes for all
- Improved patient access and experience
- Empowered, engaged and included workforce
- Inclusive leadership at all levels
They are rated on a coloured scale as follows:
- Purple – excelling
- Green – achieving
- Amber – developing
- Red – undeveloped