What we believe As a CCG, we are committed to working with our partner organisations to create a health and care system that is personal, fair and meets the diverse needs of our population.
We celebrate the diversity of the population in Somerset and are striving to promote and reflect that diversity within this organisation both as a commissioner of local healthcare services and as an employer.
We also recognise that many individuals and communities experience unlawful and unfair discrimination on the grounds of these nine protected characteristics:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
We commit to actively oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, harassment and victimisation of individuals using or working within health and social care services. Furthermore, we will work towards promoting equality of opportunity for patients, carers, the general public and staff and fostering good relations between different groups.
What we are doing to support equality and diversity
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Why we are carrying out equality work
Our society has progressively moved towards equality and inclusion for people from all different backgrounds. We believe that an equal, inclusive, personal and fair NHS is an integral part of this.
The Equality Act 2010 defines what people can expect in an equal and inclusive society and defines specific work required by public sector organisations, such as our CCG, to ensure our services meet those expectations.
These requirements form the Public Sector Equality Duty which states public sector organisations must:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination
- Advance equality of opportunity between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- Foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
Another aspect of the duty is that we must set and publish equality objectives every four years and we must report annually on the progress we are making towards those objectives.