National Drivers for Equality and Diversity
The following drivers for change detail the requirements which underpin equality and diversity in the CCG as well as across the healthcare system, and support the wider NHS approach for achieving this. Further information on each of these is available in the CCG’s Equality and Diversity Plan.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Equality Duty came into force in April 2011 (S149 of the Equality Act, 2010).
The aim of the General Equality Duty is to ensure that public authorities, and those carrying out public functions, consider how they can positively contribute to a fairer society through advancing equality and fostering good relations in their day to day activities. The duty ensures that equality considerations are built in to the design of policies and the delivery of services and that they are kept under review.
Equality Delivery System
The Equality Delivery System tool was introduced in 2012 and redesigned in 2013 (EDS2). Its intention is to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. It assists organisations to achieve compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty by encouraging them, in engagement with stakeholders, to review their equality performance and to identify future priorities and actions.