NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to eliminating discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between different groups of people. You can find out about this commitment including details of our current equalities objectives in our latest Equality and Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2021.
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act was introduced in 2010 to make it easier for people and organisations to understand discrimination law. The Act provides protection to groups of people who may be discriminated against because of certain characteristics they share; and provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.
For further information, see Equality Act 2010.
Within ELR CCG, we also consider the healthcare needs of other vulnerable groups, such as carers and consider health inequalities associated with social deprivation to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act (2010)
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
Health and Social Care Act (2012)
ELR CCG has a legal duty under the Health and Social Care Act (2012) to reduce inequalities between patients regarding their ability to access health services, and to ensure that services are provided in an integrated way. The Act also places duties on the CCG to promote the NHS Constitution, to enable choice, and to promote patient, carer and public involvement in shaping health services.
To do this effectively, ELR CCG works with its partners to reduce health inequalities among those in the greatest need and embeds this requirement into its health and wellbeing strategies. The CCG is also required to demonstrate how it provides culturally sensitive services and ensures all patients can exercise choice and be involved in decision making.
Additionally, the CCG is required to consider how it proposes to pay due regard to the need to reduce inequalities in its annual commissioning plan and must include an assessment in its annual report to explain how effectively the CCG has paid due regard in its work. For more information, please see the Health and Social Care Act (2012).