Learn about our role and plans with respect to equality and diversity and view information we have published.
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.
Our population’s diversity profile
Overall the CCG has very low levels of socio-economic deprivation which can make it difficult to identify and tackle the pockets of health and social inequalities that we know exist – just over one in ten children (10,400) are living in poverty and one in ten people over 60 in the CCG are income deprived.
- Life expectancy is significantly higher across the CCG for men and women than average for both the South East and England
- We have an increasing number of patients with long term conditions like diabetes, lung disease and heart disease
- Higher than average prevalence of dementia of 0.74%, higher than the rest of Hampshire (0.65%) and England (0.53%) with 4,295 patients
- The estimated smoking prevalence amongst adults in all local authorities in the CCG is significantly lower than the England rate of 20%.
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:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- 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
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment identifies the current and future health and social care needs of the local population and analyses whether needs are being met locally.
You may also find useful:
- How we monitor our demographics
- Read our Equality and Diversity publications
- Find out more about our health inequalities
- Check out our Communications, Engagement, Organisational Development, Equality and Diversity Team