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Public Sector Equality Duty

PUBLIC SECTOR EQUALITY DUTY

The Equality Act 2010 has brought with it a new, legal, public sector equality duty (PSED) requiring public bodies to declare their compliance with the duty on an annual basis. This means that we must show compliance with both the general and specific duties of the PSED.

For the general duty we need to show how we are having due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 Protected characteristics – in the context of the PSED – are defined as

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership (to eliminate discrimination)
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
  • Religion or belief – this includes lack of belief
  • Sex (male & female)
  • Sexual orientation

For the specific duty we are required to

  • Publish information to demonstrate compliance with the general duty
  • Publish data on the make-up of our workforce
  • Publish data on those affected by our policies and procedures
  • Publish one or more equality objectives covering a 4 year period.

NHS Barnsley CCG is committed to embedding equality and diversity values into our policies, procedures, employment practice and the commissioning processes that secure health and social care for the people of Barnsley.

We are ensuring that all our staff are embedding equality and diversity in all their work and through our contracts and partnerships with providers we are supporting them to tackle inequities and barriers to services for patients. We monitor the performance of all providers in Barnsley.  The following documents will be discussed in the CCG programme boards.

The progress we have made towards meeting the requirements of the general equality duty can be seen in our progress report below.

NHS Barnsley CCG How we meet the public sector equality duties  published 20/1/17

NHS Barnsley CCG Equality and Diversity Monitoring Report 

NHS Barnsley CCG Monitoring data for community and inpatient services

NHS Barnsley CCG Workforce Report

NHS Barnsley Joint Strategic Needs Assessment