Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

Our aim is to ensure all our services are accessible, appropriate and sensitive to the needs of individuals.

We are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting outcome equality for the people of Wiltshire. We do this by ensuring the values underpinning equality and diversity are central to our policy making, service planning, employment practices and commissioning. Our commitment is demonstrated through our involvement with the Equality and Human Rights Charter.

The Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010 covers nine protected characteristics which cannot be used as a reason to treat people unfairly:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership 
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race (this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • Religion or belief (including lack of belief)
  • Sex (male and female)
  • Sexual orientation

There are several things we must do to comply with the Act. As a commissioner, we:

  • Ensure we use the commissioning process to promote equal opportunity for all the protected characteristics
  • Review our arrangements for informing the communities about what we’re doing

As an employer we:

  • Ensure our recruitment processes are appropriate
  • Work with our communications team to include information about the Act in staff briefings
  • Review all our Human Resources (HR), recruitment, induction and policies/materials so they reflect the protected characteristics above

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 introduced the Public Sector Equality Duty which means there are certain activities we have to do, as a public sector organisation, in order to comply with the Act. The general duty requires us to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups
  • Remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics
  • Meet the needs of people with protected characteristics; and
  • Encourage people with protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is low
  • Foster good relations between people from different groups
  • Tackle prejudice and promoting understanding between people from different groups

The specific duties require public bodies, such as the CCG, to:

  • Publish relevant, proportionate information demonstrating our compliance with the general duty
  • Prepare and publish one or more objectives we thinks we should achieve to have due regard to eliminate discrimination and harassment, to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations

Our compliance report

We publish an annual compliance report to demonstrate how we are meeting our specific duty. Click on the links below to read our compliance reports. If you have any feedback or comments, email us.

Our equality objectives

Our equality objectives for 2015-18 are:

  • To develop a fresh strategy and action plan for promoting equality, diversity, human rights, inclusion and the reduction in health inequalities, including the implementation of the revised Equality Delivery System
  • To increase awareness of the importance of promoting equality and reducing health inequalities within the CCG and across our member practices
  • To improve quality of and accessibility to demographic profile of Wiltshire by protected characteristics and identify variations in health needs to enable staff to undertake meaningful equality impact analysis on the work as it develops
  • Support staff to put equality and reducing health inequalities at the heart of the commissioning cycle

We review our objectives annually to ensure they remain relevant to our changing priorities. We have also developed an Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy that sets out how we aim to make our services fair and accessible to all of our community.