Our network aims to meet the first principle of the NHS Constitution: to provide a comprehensive service available to all, irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We have a duty to each and every individual that we serve.
We have in place priorities to promote equality through the services we provide, paying particular attention to those parts of society where improvements in health are not keeping pace with the wider population.
Addressing the often-striking variations in the quality of healthcare delivered is one of the core purposes of Academic Health Science Networks. The West of England is doing well, but it can do better.
In this we will be guided by the Public Sector Equality Duty and have set a number of specific equalities objectives for 2014/15.
- Develop a policy/process that underpins the legal duty.
- Develop a process for Project leads to incorporate equality requirements into Project Initiation Documents.
- Implement appropriate and accessible training and development for existing and new staff to gain and maintain an understanding of relevant equality behaviours.
- Develop an equality web page.
- Develop a data resource of population equality demographics.
- To embed equality through all patient and public involvement activity and review the use of the Equality Delivery and other systems to monitor progress.
We intend to publish regular updates on our progress, and have agreed metrics with NHS England to monitor that progress.
Documents & resources
To find out more about our approach to Equality please click on the links:
- Commission for Equality and Human Rights Public Sector Equality Duty (easy read version)
- Guide to the Equality Act 2010 (easy read version)
- West of England AHSN Equality Policy 11 June 2014
- Equality Impact Assessment Workbook to support project leads to implement the WEAHSN Vision for Equality 11 June 2014 Template
- Commission for Equalities and Human Rights – Guide to procurement for public authorities
- Information on Patient and Public Involvement
- PReCePT EIA Workbook
- Atrial Fibrillation EIA Workbook