The CCG is committed to commissioning services which embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity.
Every member of the community is likely, at some point, to receive some kind of health and social care. NHS South Tees CCG welcomes diversity in society, acknowledging that experiences, aspirations and needs are also diverse.
As a commissioner of health services and as an employer, NHS South Tees CCG is fully committed to the principle of valuing all people as individuals irrespective of their protected characteristic
The Legislative Framework
Equality Act 2010
- Gender re‐assignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief (including no religion or belief)
- Sexual orientation
Public Sector Equality Duty
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who don’t.
- Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who don’t.
- Publish relevant, proportionate information demonstrating compliance with the general duty at least annually, starting 31 January 2012.
- Prepare and publish specific, measurable equality objectives at least every four years starting 6 April 2012.
What are Equality, Diversity and Human Rights?
Equality is about creating a community in which everyone can contribute and have their say regardless of their protected characteristics which are age, disability, religion and belief, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, race and sexual orientation.
Equality is also about offering equality of opportunity so everyone is able to fulfil their potential regardless of who they are.
Diversity is about creating a society that embeds practices which recognise, respect and value difference. This will in turn benefit employees, the CCG as a whole and the public who use our services.
Human Rights are basic rights for humane, dignified treatment and they belong to everyone. They are rights we all have simply because we are human beings, regardless of who we are, where we live or what we do.
Human Rights represent all the things that are important to us, such as being able to choose how to live our life and being treated with dignity and respect. Human Rights are the umbrella over all our aims, objectives and actions towards addressing inequality and promoting diversity.
Visit our documents section to view documents relating to equality and diversity.
Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES)
The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on July 31 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.
The move follows recent reports which have highlighted disparities in the number of BME people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population.
The Council pledged its commitment, subject to consultation with the NHS, to implement two measures to improve equality across the NHS, which would start in April 2015.
The first is a Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) that would, for the first time, require organisations employing almost all of the 1.4 million NHS workforce to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of BME Board representation.
As part of the WRES, NHS service providers are required to complete a Reporting Template which is designed to give an overview of the organisation’s most recent implementation. Once completed, the Report Template should be published on the organisation’s website, links to the reports from the services we commission. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are also asked to complete the WRES reporting template, although they are not required to publish this information, due to data protection issues that could arise because of their respective organisation size.
You can find out more information on the Workforce Race Equality Standard, along with the full technical guidance and requirements of CCGs and service providers on NHS England.