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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 Fareham and Gosport.

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 help us to meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty which is set out in the Equality Act 2010. There are three strands to the Public Sector Equality Duty. These are to: 

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct 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

We set three equality objectives from our most recent assessment against the objectives of EDS2. This was in 2017/18. These objectives 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: Work with all levels of staff to ensure the CCG has a representative and supported workforce and inclusive leadership.

 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 as 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.