Equalities and diversity
North West London CCG is committed to promoting equality and diversity amongst all our staff, stakeholders and patients - fulfilling our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the associated guidance from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
Equality means ensuring that everyone is able to participate in all of our activities and access all health services on an equal footing. Diversity acknowledges that there are differences between people which should be recognised and respected.
We aim to commission healthcare services that are equitable to everyone regardless of:
- Marriage & civil partnership
- Pregancy & maternity
- Race, ethnicity or national origin
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Domestic circumstances
- Trade union membership (or non-membership)
- Socio-economic or employment status
Due to the very challenging circumstances caused by the pandemic over the last year, we are not currently able to meet the reporting requirements, for the Public Sector Equality Duty or refresh our equality objectives. We are currently working on the report and will publish it at the earliest available opportunity and before the 5 October 2021.
Patients and the public
Our commitment to equality when commissioning health services is underpinned by engagement with our stakeholders. We believe that engagement with and drawing on the expertise of residents, patients, service providers and third sector organisations, is critical in shaping services that are of high quality, value for money and reflect the needs of our diverse populations. The involvement and active participation of stakeholders helps us to meet our public equality duties by:
- Identifying at an early stage in the design and development of services, whether the service is free of unlawful discrimination or impacts adversely on any group of service users at any of stage of development.
- Advancing equality by ensuring that services are accessible to all who need the them.
- Fostering good relations by drawing people from different communities to work together collaboratively with us to identify solutions to local health challenges.
North West London CCG actively promotes a progressive and inclusive work environment, providing training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The CCG also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to protected characteristics.
The rich diversity of the CCG workforce reflects the diversity of the local population of North West London and enables a greater understanding and respect for individuals, cultures and diverse health needs.
We also have an influential and active BAME and LGBT Forum in order to bring positive differences to light to create a healthier work environment.