Annual Equality Data Publication January 2015

We want to ensure all parts of our local communities have fair access to NHS information, services and premises when needed.  We know that not all people access or take up services in the same way and we want to try to take reasonable steps to accommodate these different needs, particularly for vulnerable protected groups. Through outr journey to date, we have demonstrated our work to eliminate discrimination; reduce inequalities in health for local vulnerable groups; recognise and address any barriers faced by more vulnerable protected community groups in accessing healthcare; and encouraged good relations between different community groups by tackling prejudices and 'prohibited discrimination'.

Our workforce data

As part of our legal duty and commitment to the equalities agenda across Shropshire, we annually publish our workforce data.  In terms of protected characteristics, the information is broken down by age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and where possible we will report by gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and also carers.

As Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have now evolved into Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) following the March 2013 NHS re-structure, former PCT legacy data and reporting relating to 2012 workforce and service delivery equality data has been removed from this webpage.

Although we will report internally on workforce demographic profiles, we may choose not to publish this data as it may not prove to be meaningful due to CCG staff numbers being low.  The annual publication will highlight any significant gaps in equality data for local protected groups and how such gaps can be effectively addressed during the four year Equality Objective delivery cycle for all CCGs - 13 October 2013 to 2017.

We will also evidence how we are meeting our public sector equality duty through use of Equality Analysis or EAs.   EAs enable us to scrutinise fair access to information and services for vulnerable local people, and help achieve good equality outcomes.  This will also be supported by the EDS2 annual public grading, working with local interest groups.