As an organisation we have a clear commitment to providing equal access to the information and services we commission as well as working to ensure that these services are responsive to the diverse needs of all the people of Buckinghamshire.
We recognise that people can experience discrimination, harassment and other barriers to participation and access to services as a result of different aspects of their identity such as race, disability, gender, age, sexuality, religion and belief.
Our main objectives for the next three years in this respect are:
- Improve the way we consult, engage and listen to our patients, the public and other stakeholders
- Progress the use of the Equality Impact Assessment Tool by rigorously applying it in three different areas with the aim of developing outcome based objectives for each scheme:
- Re-procurement of the Out of Hours service, Minor Illness and Injuries Unit and NHS 111
- Policy Development in Medicines Management
- New contracting arrangements for services to Care Homes
- Close the gap on inequalities in health outcomes for those in quintile 5 where people experience low birthweight babies and early deaths due to cardiovascular disease.
To support the development of these objectives a profile of the population covered by Bucks CCG was created by protected characteristic where this was possible.
Please download our Annual Report to view some of the actions taken last year which demonstrate our compliance with the Equality duty how as well as our strategic plan for 2016-20; covering how we intend to make sure that equality, diversity and health inequalities values are at the core of everything we do.
NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
Implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioners and NHS healthcare providers including independent organisations, through the NHS standard contract.
The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on 31 July 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.
This is important because studies shows that a motivated, included and valued workforce helps deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and better patient safety.
In April 2015, after engaging and consulting with key stakeholders including other NHS organisations across England, the WRES was mandated through the NHS standard contract, starting in 2015/16. From 2017, independent healthcare providers are required to publish their WRES data.
Please see the latest WRES data for the CCGs.