NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination and providing equality of opportunity for everyone. We recognise and value the diversity of our communities and believe that equality is pivotal to the commissioning of modern, high quality health services.
Meeting our Public Sector Equality Duty
With effect from 1 April 2013 all CCGs became subject to the legal obligations arising from the Equality Act 2010. Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 places a Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) on all statutory public authorities and those who act on their behalf. CCGs may not delegate these duties and are responsible for ensuring compliance by providers to whom the CCG commissions the delivery of services.
For details of how we are meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty, see our Annual Equality & Diversity Summary 2018/19 and Strategy 2019/20 and our Annual Report.
The Public Sector Equality Duty is made up of a general duty which is the overarching requirement and the specific duty which is intended to help performance of the general duty.
Our general duty is to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation; advance equality of opportunity between different groups and foster good relations between different groups.
Our specific duty requires CCGs to set equality objectives once every four years and to annually publish relevant, proportionate information, demonstrating their compliance with the Equality Duty.
The different groups are groups of people who share and do not share a protected characteristic. The protected characteristics in the context of the Public Sector Equality Duty are defined as:
- Gender re-assignment
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Pregnancy, maternity
- Marriage and civil partnership (only in respect of the requirement to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination)
The Equality Delivery System (EDS)
The EDS has been designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are fair and diverse. It will help ensure that everyone has a voice in how the organisation is performing and where improvements could be made.
The EDS will support NHS organisations to improve equality performance and embed equality into mainstream business. It has been designed to help NHS organisations to meet the requirements of the public sector equality duty.
Equality and Health Inequality Data
The main source of data about equality for people in the BaNES area is the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).
The JSNA is a collection of research about the local people, places and communities that the Council and the CCG deliver services to. This is much wider than equality data. The JSNA is developed by Bath & North East Somerset Council and the CCG uses it to understand what needs to be done in collaboration with local knowledge and community feedback.
Equality Impact Assessments
We carry out equality analysis as an integral part of our projects. Equality impact assessments are a systematic method to assess the effects of core functions, policies and activities on people depending on their protected characteristic.
As the number of CCG employees is below the threshold of 150, the CCG is not required to publish equality data about our staff as it is difficult to publish some aspects of the data without compromising staff confidentiality.
A detailed work force profile is made available to the Executive Team and you can read our most recent NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard report below.
Equality Groups and Organisations in BaNES
For details of equality groups and organisations within the BaNES area that might be able to assist with consultation please click here