Equality and diversity


Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity is central to the work of the CCG to ensure equality of access to and treatment by the services that we commission on behalf of the population of Portsmouth.

The CCG’s commitment to equality and diversity is driven by the principles of the NHS Constitution, the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998, and also the duties of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to reduce health inequalities, promote patient involvement and involve and consult with the public. 

We use the NHS Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) to develop and prepare our equality objectives. The objectives below were developed from our assessment in 2015. We have recently reviewed our assessment against the objectives of EDS2 engaging with patients and the public across the City. The results have informed our equality objectives to 2020. These are:

Objective 1:  Improve access to healthcare for everyone routinely and when they need medical help fast but it is not a life-threatening situation. 

Objective 2:  Strengthen our consultation and engagement to ensure all protected characteristics have a voice in our work.

Objective 3:  Strengthen commissioning and partnership working so that the communities we service feel informed and supported to be as involved as they wish to be in decisions about their care.

Objective 4:  Ensure staff are aware of the availability of family friendly arrangements in line with the Equality Act 2010 and the range of HR mechanisms and support available to ensure everyone feels fee from abuse, harassment, bullying and violence from any source.

Public Sector Equality Duty 

EDS2 helps the CCG meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty which is set out in the Equality Act 2010. These are to: 

  •      Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conducted prohibited by the (Equality) Act
  •      Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  •      Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. 

Accessible Information

The CCG works in accordance with the Accessible Information Standard. This means we ensure all corporate information such as leaflets, documents and electronic resources are available, on request, in alternative formats. These include large print, Easy Read and braille. 

We will endeavour to provide communication support at our meetings and events to ensure effective and accurate dialogue with everyone in the local area we serve. We also try to ensure our website is accessible as possible.

If you have any information and communication needs to access our information or require communication support at our meetings or events you can:

Further information on the Accessible Information Standard is available on the  NHS England website.


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