Equality and diversity

Tackling inequalities meeting We are committed to taking equality, diversity and human rights into account in everything we do, whether that’s commissioning services, employing people, developing policies, communicating with or engaging local people in our work. We recognise and value the diversity of the local community in Southampton and believe that equality is central to the commissioning of modern, high quality health services. We are committed to ensuring there is equality of opportunity for all people and to eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

We are legally required to consider how our policies, plans, procedures, projects and decisions will affect people (patients, carers, communities and employees) with the protected characteristics of equality set out in the Equality Act 2010:

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

Our Equality and Diversity Strategy 2017 - 2020  sets out how we plan to tackle current health inequalities in the city, promote equality and fairness and establish a culture of inclusiveness that will enable Southampton health services to meet the needs of all. The strategy and action plan sets out our overall approach to equality, diversity and human rights as both an employer and a health commissioner.

To ensure equality and diversity remains at the centre of all we do, we have six equality and diversity objectives. These are:

  1. Reduce health inequalities through a targeted approach and improve access to existing services by protected groups
  2. Improving access to equality information and data for commissioning and service planning
  3. Monitor outcomes for our patients and patients, carer and public experience of our commissioned services
  4. Develop a culture which is inclusive of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, where staff are confident and feel valued
  5. Ensure regular reporting of harassment, bullying and perceived victimisation relating to our staff
  6. To have good governance to improve Equality Diversity and Human Rights  performance through the Equality Delivery System and engage local population in grading CCG performance

To find out more about our commitment to equality and diversity, take a look at our Equality and Diversity Strategy 2017 - 2020.

Public Sector Equality Duty Annual Report 2018

As a public sector organisation, CCG’s are required to publish relevant information to show how we meet the Equality Duty. This report demonstrates how the CCG is meeting its Public Sector Equality Duty in relation to services commissioned and its workforce. Find out more in our  Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2019. This document was approved by our Governing Body in January 2020.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with us on 023 8029 6932 or email SOCCG.info@nhs.net.