Equality and inclusion


In this section you will find information about:

  • Equality impact and risk assessments and how they are used
  • The CCGs’ equality and inclusion strategies
  • The equality and inclusion annual report
  • Equality Delivery System (EDS)
  • Workforce Race Equality Standard
  • Accessible Information Standard

NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are committed to ensuring equality and inclusion is a priority when planning and commissioning healthcare services in our region.

We are working hard to ensure not only that the services are appropriate and accessible for all members of our community, but that no one is disadvantaged or discriminated against by the services we commission.

To achieve the aims of the Equality General Duty, the CCGs must demonstrate that they have a good understanding of the impact that policies, services and practice have on people with protected characteristics.  To achieve this we complete Equality Impact and Risk Assessments (EIRAs).

The characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 are:

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

We also consider other vulnerable groups such as carers, military veterans, asylum seekers, refugees, and people from deprived areas.

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Equality Impact Risk Assessments (EIRAs)

EIRAs are an assessment of our local population and in particular those with protected characteristics.  It shows whether a planned service provides equal patient access and experience.  It combines two assessments consisting of equality and human rights.  This enables the CCG to show due regard to the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty. This ensures that consideration is given prior to any policy or commissioning decisions made by the Governing Body or Executive Team that may affect equality and human rights.

Below are a couple of examples of EIRAs:

We use an online platform called U-Assure to record initial equality related information to inform decision making. The process involves a Yes / No answer of which narrative should be added to support the answer. The Yes / No determines a visual red cross or green tick.

What does the tick and cross mean?
The green tick denotes no impact, and red cross denotes potential impact – either positive or negative.

Equality and inclusion strategy

Our equality and inclusion (E&I) strategies set out our commitment to taking equality and inclusion into account in everything we do.  As organisations that buy health services on behalf of the local community, we are working closely with local health providers, Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council, Wyre Council, Lancashire County Council, the police, the voluntary sector and community forums to improve health and wellbeing.

As an employer, we are aiming for a workforce that reflects the expertise and diversity of our local community to ensure the needs of the local population are met.

The overarching purposes of these strategies are to:

  • Explain our approach over the next four years (2017-21)
  • Set our equality objectives
  • Fulfil our legal duty

Our E&I strategies set out our commitment to achieving our four equality objectives:

  1. Better health outcomes
  2. Improved patient access and experience
  3. A represented and supported workforce
  4. Inclusive leadership

Equality and inclusion annual report

As public authorities, NHS Blackpool CCG and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG are required to publish equality information annually to demonstrate compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Equality Delivery System (EDS)

The Equality Delivery System is a national toolkit that supports us to provide better working practices and environments, free of discrimination.

It helps us understand how well we are responding to the equality issues that matter most to patients and staff.  It also tracks our performance against national benchmarks, including the CCG Assurance Framework.

The Equality Delivery System (EDS)  helps local NHS organisations, in discussion with local partners including local people, review and improve their performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. By using the EDS, NHS organisations can also be helped to deliver on the public sector Equality Duty (PSED).

Find out more about the EDS system can on NHS England’s website

Information about the CCGs’ EDS grading outcomes can be found in the annual reports above

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

NHS England introduced the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in 2015. The WRES requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality.  The WRES ensures that all healthcare staff are treated fairly and with respect.  Implementation of the WRES is a requirement on both NHS commissioners and NHS providers.  The WRES is included in the NHS Standard Contract and in the CCG Assurance Framework.

WRES data summaries

Further information can be found here on NHS England’s WRES webpage

Accessible Information Standard

The Accessible Information Standard aims to ensure that NHS organisations are making health and social care information accessible.  From 1 August 2016, all organisations that provide NHS care and/or publicly-funded adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.  The standard sets out a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.

Last updated on 24 September 2021 at 16:40 by senior communications and engagement officer