Equality and Diversity

Equality and Human rights are about creating a fairer society in which everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Diversity is about recognising and valuing difference in its broadest sense. All public organisations including Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and public providers and commissioners of health and social care services have a duty to promote equality (Equality Act 2010).

Barnet CCG  recognises that everyone is different, and values the unique contribution that individual experiences, knowledge and skills make in delivering quality healthcare and becoming a model employer.

We aim to make sure our services respect your human rights, are fair and reflect local needs. Our staff and patients are all different. We want to make sure our services and employment practices respect, promote and celebrate these differences, be they in relation to age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. One size does not fit all in a CCG covering the borough of Barnet.

To ensure that we not only meet the legal requirements but go further to make equality, diversity and Human rights integral in all of our decisions, we are implementing the Equality Delivery System (EDS) as agreed by the NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) and the Department of Health. It is planned that the EDS will become part of the system architecture of the NHS and NHS commissioners and providers will be issued with a set of Equality Objectives and Outcomes, against which each NHS organisation will analyse and grade its performance, in collaboration with local interests.

To make sure we promote equality and human rights we will set up a number of events, write a yearly report on Equality and use a tool called Equality Impact Analysis (EQIA) to analyse, review services and policies to ensure there is no unjustifiable adverse impact on the people we look after.

We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, victimisation, bullying or harassment based on race, ethnic or national origin, nationality, age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, marital status or caring responsibilities. Any action found to be in breach of any of these would be addressed in accordance with our disciplinary policies and procedures.