Equality & Inclusion

Meeting our Public Sector Equality Duty

Stoke-on-Trent want to ensure that their information is fair and accessible to all sections of our local communities. To request any of our documents in an alternative format such as braille, larger print or audio please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting your address, telephone number along with the title of the publication.

CCG patients, public and staff can request reasonable adjustments such as information into other formats, or workstation assessment and adjustments for disabled staff etc, to enable fair access to information, services, premises, engagement and any employment opportunities.

 

Previous Annual Equality and Inclusion Reports -

 

Stoke-on-Trent wants to ensure all parts of our local communities have fair access to NHS information, services and premises when they need to use services, and to any employment opportunities.

We know that not all people access or take up services in the same way and we want to try to take reasonable steps to accommodate these different needs, particularly for seldom heard people from groups protected by the Equality Act 2010, and the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The CCG is working hard to ensure not only that its services are appropriate and accessible for all members of our community, but that no one is disadvantaged or discriminated against by the services we put in place.

Stoke-on-Trent will publish an Annual Equality and Inclusion Publication to show what we are doing to routinely collect equality data and use this information to ensure that CCG services and employment opportunities are fair and accessible to all. We also show how we are progressing on delivery of our agreed Equality Objectives.

Under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector ‘Specific Equality Duty’, public sector organisations such as CCGs must publish sufficient information to demonstrate that, in the exercise of its functions, it has ‘due regard’ (gives deliberate consideration) to the 3 aims of the Equality Duty:

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and to
  • foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.

Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF)

A number of representatives from a range of minority grops act as critical friends on a whole range of issues.

LEAF meets regularly and advises us on new policies and proposals to ensure we are fulfilling our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010. They help us to make sure that we are minimising any barriers to accessing local health sevices. If you are part of an organisation that can support us, please get in touch. Read more about the Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF)

Accessibility Statement

If you would like to receive material from the CCG's website or our key publications in another format – such as audio, Clear Information, Easy Read, British Sign Language, interpreter services, large print, or Braille – please contact the general reception number and speak to any member of the administration team -  01782 298002 or use ‘Next Generation Text’ service for deaf and hard of hearing patients, carers and staff.

Staffordshire CCGs want our patients, carers, staff and partner organisations to be able to understand our information in the format that is most accessible to their individual needs. This includes identifying and reasonably removing ‘barriers’ for people accessing our information, services, premises, any employment or engagement opportunities. This may involve responding to our anticipatory equality duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’, from requests received.

This Equality and Inclusion Strategy will also become available on the CCG websites in summarised Easy Read format.