Equality and diversity

What does this mean?

Equality means treating everyone fairly and with dignity and respect

Diversity means recognising and valuing individual difference

Our commitment to equality and diversity

NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to equality of opportunity for all people and to eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation. We recognise and value the diversity of the communities we serve, as well as that of our workforce. We believe that fairness and inclusion are central to the commissioning of quality services and better health.  

The CCG’s commitment to equality and diversity is supported by our values and behaviours: 

A graph and equality and diversity

Our objectives

The Equality Act 2010 places a Public Sector Equality Duty on public bodies like the Clinical Commissioning Group.

The general equality duty requires the Clinical Commissioning Group to have due regard to the need to:

Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act

Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

The general duty applies to the CCGs commissioning work on behalf of patients, as well as our employment practices.

The protected characteristics defined in the Equality Act 2010 are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex (gender)
  • Sexual orientation

The Public Sector Equality Duty is supported by specific duties to:

  • Prepare and publish one or more equality objectives, at least every four years
  • Publish equalities information each year
West Hampshire CCG Equalities Information 2017

To comply with the specific duty the CCG has published a range of equalities information: