Equality & Diversity
NHS Nottingham North and East is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and combating unfair treatment, improving patient experiences by achieving excellence.
We are committed to ensuring that current staff, potential staff and NHS service users will not be discriminated against on the grounds of social circumstances or background, gender and gender identity, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief and non-belief.
We will work with staff, partners, providers of services, patients and communities to improve the health of our population and reduce health inequalities.
In every part of the NHS, we will strive for the ‘best care’ for our patients and staff by achieving high quality for all and valuing difference.
It is important to understand the key differences between equality and diversity. Equality without diversity is treating everyone the same, which leads to confusion and political correctness without common sense. Diversity without equality on the other hand, would result in the survival of the privileged to the exclusion of others. Neither can be truly effective without the other.
Our Annual Equality Report demonstrates how we meet the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010.
The Workforce Report Equality Standard (WRES)
The Workforce Report Equality Standard (WRES) has been developed as a tool to measure improvements in the workforce with respect to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff with many if the methods being transferable to focusing on other groups
There have been a number of approaches within the NHS, in past years, to tackle issues of inequality in the workforce, however this is the first time that a set of measurable indicators has been developed to help organisations track progress.
The WRES was introduced in April 2015. CCGs should commit to the principles of the WRES and apply as much of it as possible to their own workforce and publish an annual WRES report with associated action plan by 1 July 2017. In this way, CCGs can demonstrate good leadership, identify concerns within their workforce’s, and set an example for their providers.
The 2016/17 WRES for the CCG can be accessed via the link below.
Equality Delivery System2
The Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) is the framework used by the NHS to make sure all NHS organisations consider equality and diversity both in the services that they provide or buy, as well as in the workplace within which staff work.
A key part of the EDS2 is the grading process. This is where we ask colleagues in our own organisations and organisations we work with: as well as patients and community groups, to tell us how they think we’re doing.
The EDS2 covers the nine protected characteristics below
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion and belief
- Sex (Gender)
- Sexual orientation
The EDS2 has the following four goals:
• Better health outcomes for all;
• Improved patient access and experience;
• Empowered engaged and well supported staff; and
• Inclusive leadership at all levels
The EDS2 report for 2016/17 can be found below:
Equality Impact Assessments
Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a tool for systematically considering the actual or potential impact of any policy, strategy, service or practice on certain communities in order to mitigate or eliminate any negative impact and maximise positive impacts or opportunities for promoting equality.
- Nottingham North and East CCG is committed to ensuring that commissioning decisions, business cases and any other business plans are evaluated for their impact on equality through completion of Equality Impact Assessments.An impact assessment is a continuous process to ensure that possible or actual business plans are assessed and the potential consequences on equality are considered and any necessary mitigating actions are outlined in a uniformed way. If you would like to see copies of completed EIAs please contact Hazel Buchanan via the details below.
- Full details on EIAs can be found on the Department of Health website.
How can I get involved?
You can do as little or as much as you want, but some of the things we need help with are:
Being involved in community events to feedback what you think we should be doing better and what is working well.
Getting involved on community panels and equality engagement groups, where you will use your expertise to advise the NHS in Nottinghamshire on how it can be responsive to the needs of local communities.
Become an EDS champion – help us take this work into the centre of communities and be trained to deliver talks or workshops to all different groups of people.
Just talk to us – if you have an idea or solution to a problem – why not tell us, we might be able to use it!
Please contact us:
- Tel: 0115 8831743