Equality and Diversity
Our vision is to improve health outcomes for the population of Merton by commissioning services tailored to the needs of individual patients whilst addressing the diverse health needs of our population.
Within our vision is the commitment and recognition that equality and human rights must be central to the way we plan and operate as a public body, an employer and a commissioner of healthcare services.
We understand and recognise that:
- people can experience inequalities, discrimination, harassment and other barriers;
- patients should be at the centre of our decision making, and in partnership we can deliver high quality, accessible services that tackle inequalities and respond to personal needs;
- an environment of dignity, tolerance and mutual respect should be created, maintained and experienced by all our patients, staff and members.
The Equality Act 2010 places a requirement on the CCG, as a public body, to demonstrate how we are:
- eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
- advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
- fostering good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
- being transparent about how we are responding to the Equality Duty
We are required to publish relevant, proportionate information showing compliance annually.
As commissioners we are determined to carry out these duties and go beyond requirements wherever possible. To following information outlines how we integrate equality and human rights into everything we do.
We want to make sure that equality, diversity and inclusion are central to our vision, strategic direction and organisational development plans for a ‘Whole Merton’, where services are designed to meet the needs of the population and individuals and families.
In delivering our vision to secure the best possible services for people in Merton and be an employer of choice, we will strive to embed equality and diversity in all key aspects of our commissioning and procurement cycles and employment practices.
Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
The PSED consists of general and specific duties for public authorities to meet under the Equality Act 2010, as set out above.
Merton CCG must demonstrate how we as an organisation are meeting our legal duties, and we must therefore publish information annually to show how we are doing this.
Public Sector Annual Public Sector Equality Duty Reports
Merton CCG has legal duties to publish Equality Objectives every four years under the Equality Act 2010. We have been working to develop Equality Objectives that help us establish a strong foundation on which to build future equalities activities.
The following report describes how the objectives were developed and action plan for how we plan to deliver them. You can view our Equality Objectives report for 2013-17.
If you have any questions on our Equality Objectives, or would like to work with us to achieve them please contact: Yasmin Mahmood, Equality and Diversity Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
All projects are required to complete an Equality Analysis before being implemented. This is to ensure that the project has considered the impact it will have on those communities it affects. We have developed a system to ensure that all documents and the healthcare services we commission in Merton complete assessments at the right time.
If you want to find out more about the Equality Analysis assessment, please contact our Equality and Diversity Lead, Yasmin Mahmood, on the contact details below.
Equality Delivery System
The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a performance improvement tool developed by NHS England to help organisations such as Merton CCG deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and improve the working environment for staff.
Merton CCG Equality Delivery Report 2015-16.pdf
Plans are currently underway to undertake the EDS assessment for 2015-16.
To find out more about the equality programme, or to get involved, please contact Yasmin Mahmood, Equality and Diversity Lead for Merton CCG, at email@example.com or call 020 3668 3103.
Updated March 2016