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Equality and Inclusion

Our mission and aim is to tackle health inequalities and exclusion. We do this in a number of ways.  There is no shortage of available information on the health and care needs of the population in East Lancashire. Much of what we understand is also based on the feedback from our GP members who see patients daily and whose understanding of health problems in the area is very strong. We use the available information compiled by Public Health professionals, who are based at Lancashire County Council and whose public health information is available to us in the form of a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). You can access some of the resources and tools that we use to help us understand and consider when we are planning and delivering services through our commissioning work here.

An absolutely critical aspect of our planning, and delivery of commissioning as well as our engagement is the equality impact assessment process. Every new development or change to existing services is required to have an Equality Impact Risk Assessment (EIRA). Once this is undertaken we use this informatoin to help us plan and deliver any communication and engagement. 

The CCG is committed to meeting the three aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty and aims to put the patient at the heart of what we do; through effective engagement and involvement of local people in decision making, buying healthcare to meet the identified needs of the population of East Lancashire, involving local people from protected groups in recruiting to CCG posts and working in partnership with citizens, local and county councils and other healthcare providers to work on improving health outcomes and eliminating health inequalities. The CCG will ensure that all the policies and practices implemented by the CCG or on behalf of the CCG have been informed by decisions based on equality analysis and assessment of outcomes that have identified if there are any effects on people; specifically with protected characteristics; within our community who may use our services or on the people we employ in line with the Equality Act 2010.

When we are planning any engagement or communication with our population, we start with the EIRA assessment process.  Examples of Stage 1 EIRAs are available on this page, however where a more detailed EIRA is required, what we call a Stage 2 EIRA, this contains an Equality Delivery System checklist which links the specific project being assessed to the individual Equality Delivery System Goals and Outcomes. This informs the engagement moving forward too and helps us ensure that we not only reach the people who we need to reach when we engage but that there is a clear line of sight betwen our EDS Goals and Outcomes, our engagement with patients and the public, and the final outcome. Some examples of the Stage 2 EIRAs can be found here:  pdf Social Prescribing (369 KB) , pdf Intravenous Antiobiotic Procedure (356 KB) document GP extended access (refreshed) (504 KB) and pdf Structured Diabetes Education (19 KB) . More examples are available on request.

If you have any comments or queries relating to equality and inclusion, please contact us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click on the links below for more information:

Equality Impact Analysis Assessments