Equality & Diversity

Equality and Health Inequalities
Promoting equality is at the heart of our vision and values. We will commission services fairly, so that no community or group is left behind in the improvements we make across the area and work to reduce heath inequalities. This is especially important as we work towards the challenges faced by the NHS, set out in the Five Year Forward View. Guidance for commissioners on meeting legal duties for equality and health inequalities also supports our work.

Our Equality Objectives and EDS 2
We have adopted the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) as our performance toolkit to support us in demonstrating our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We prepare and publish equality objectives to meet our specific duty as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. Our plan is specific and measurable and we update the plan on an annual basis. We have worked collaboratively with our providers on implementing our Equality Delivery Systems (EDS) 2 toolkit. This has resulted in all health services tackling the same barriers and issues that sustain health inequalities in the borough.

We understand that sometimes in our lives we may face barriers in relation to accessing health services or experience different outcomes. We want to make big differences to health across our diverse communities and our following equality objectives will support us to do this:

  • To make fair and transparent commissioning decisions to;
  • To improve access and outcomes for patients and communities who experience disadvantage;
  • To improve the equality performance of our providers through collaboration and partnership working;
  • To empower and engage our workforce.

To help us set our equality objectives we used the EDS 2 self-assessment and we have produced a summary report of our findings. Our Equality Objectives Plan up to 2018 has been refreshed and the new plan for 2019/21 was approved by our Governing Body in April 2019. During the same meeting they also received our Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2018/19.

Equality Impact Assessment and Analysis
An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is a toolkit used for major strategies, policies and changes to services to ensure that they do not have a differential impact on people.

A pre- engagement equality analysis report sets the ground for a final Equality Analysis report. It identifies changes that will impact on people, potential negative impacts that may or have the potential to be discriminatory, and potential mitigations. The analysis also advises the engagement/consultation process on any necessary considerations and highlights any actions that may need to be considered in facilitating change linked to protected characteristics. Post engagement/consultation, a full Equality Analysis is completed, amalgamating any learning from the processes for consideration by the CCG's decision-making committee. Copies of EIAs are available on request.

Workforce Equality and Diversity  - Workforce Race Equality Standard
Unfortunately we are not able to provide you with our WRES submission as it contains employee identifiable information.

Health Inequalities
The Borough of Knowsley is the second most deprived in the country, with high-levels of unemployment and health inequalities compared with the rest of England. It faces the continuing and deepening challenges presented by an ageing demographic and unhealthy lifestyles, along with significant areas of deprivation which impact negatively upon population health.

Resources:
We use a number of resources to support our work around reducing health inequalities - specifically around involvement, engagement and wider commissioning - including:

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment:
http://knowsleyknowledge.org.uk/jsna-2/  

Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership page:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ehircp-nw-knowsley-ccg-dec-18.pdf  

Knowsley Public Health Annual Report:
https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/health/public-health-annual-reports