NHS South Tees CCG is committed to ensuring that the organisation pays due regard to the three aims of the public sector equality duty. The systematic analysis of the impact of our actions and decisions on equality is one way that this can be achieved.
Equality impact assessments
The completion of equality impact assessments is no longer a statutory requirement. However, NHS South Tees CCG believes that these are central to being a transparent and accountable organisation. The assessments ensure that we do not disadvantage people from certain groups by the way that we commission health services or through our employment practices. It is also a way of identifying where we might better promote equality of opportunity.
What are equality impact assessments?
An equality impact assessment is a useful tool that enables organisations to assess the implications of their decisions on the whole community. Carrying out an equality impact assessment will help organisations to:
- Eliminate discrimination and tackle inequality.
- Target resources in an efficient and fair way.
- Develop a better understanding of the communities they serve and create stronger social and community networks.
We require that equality impact assessments be an integral part of service planning and policy development. They are required to be completed whenever we plan, change or remove a service, policy or function.
Our process requires individuals and teams to think carefully about the likely impact of their work on different communities or groups. It involves anticipating the consequences of the organisation’s strategies, policies, procedures and functions on different communities and making sure that any negative consequences are eliminated or minimised and opportunities for promoting equality are maximised.
We have developed an Equality Impact Assessment Toolkit to assist managers in undertaking assessments.