Our equality duty

Championing equality and reducing health inequalities runs throughout everything we do.

Like other NHS and public bodies, Our Healthier South East London has several statutory equality duties. These are contained in:

  • the Human Rights Act 1998
  • the Equality Act 2010 (which includes the public sector equality duty)
  • the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (health inequalities duty)

These are met and assured through our governance structure and projects.

Reducing health inequalities through our clinical workstreams

Each of our projects takes in inputs from public health, ensuring health inequalities are understood and inform the development of evidence-based plans. Detailed equalities analyses are undertaken for large-scale service change projects, to ensure objectivity and transparency.

Equality analyses

Our approach has been shaped by recommendations made in independent equality analyses. These ensure that our work takes account of positive, negative and neutral impacts on the protected characteristics and population of south east London.  

Equality analyses/impact assessments

Equalities Steering Group

Our independently chaired Equalities Steering Group is accountable to the Strategic Planning Group, and scrutinises the work of each of our projects, ensuring that we:

  • meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and specifically the Public Sector Equality Duty
  • meet the requirements of the Health and Social care Act 2012, with specific reference to tackling health inequalities, recognising that work takes places on this topic in each of the clinical and strategic workstreams. The ESG acts as a forum for ensuring that the latest intelligence and insight on health inequalities is shared across all CCGs and addressed by the programme.
  • effectively monitor progress on meeting the equalities requirements set out above and to produce reports for the SPG and the Communications and Engagement Steering Group as appropriate
  • promote a best practice approach to equalities work and highlight any concerns

Reports from the Equalities Steering Group

Planned Care Reference Group

We have established a Planned Care Reference Group to take the views of those groups most likely to be impacted by our proposals to improve planned orthopaedic care (older people; carers; people who live in areas of socioeconomic deprivation; people with physical disabilities; people with mental health conditions and people with learning disabilities). 

For more information about our approach to equalities contact us