Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week
Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group is celebrating and supporting the sixth Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 15-19 May 2017
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week is co-ordinated by NHS Employers, and focuses on ongoing work across the NHS to ensure that it continues to meet the diverse needs of local populations.
In Brighton and Hove there is a very diverse population, and we work closely with different communities and groups to ensure their voices are heard and local services are accessible and equitable to all.
The CCG commissions 10 Community Voluntary Sector groups to reach and engage with the following ‘Seldom heard’ groups:
- black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups
- older people who are housebound, living in senior housing or residential accommodation
- adults with a learning disability
- Gypsies and Travellers
- young men (aged 16-25)
- parent carers
- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
- disabled people, including deaf people
- people living with mental health conditions
These groups came together for a Health Engagement Event in March 2017. You can find information and presentations from the event here.
Other examples of the CCG’s work include:
- health checks for carers provided at the Carers’ Centre
- an information leaflet on cancer screening for trans service users
- a leaflet on testicular cancer awareness produced by and for young men
- an information leaflet on good nutrition and ageing, produced in partnership by Age UK and Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
Sally Polanski, CEO of Community Works, said:
“Brighton and Hove CCG recognises the importance of hearing from under-represented groups. It works in partnership with a range of voluntary organisations who can help them reach communities who might otherwise not have their voices heard. The CCG genuinely wants to hear from patients about their experiences, concerns and ideas and understand community barriers to accessing health services. It works hard to respond to the issues raised and feeds back to participants who have been engaged on what difference their input has made. There are fantastic examples where this insight has resulted in improvements to services and patients experiencing better health outcomes. This kind of strategic collaboration and investment in specialist voluntary organisations is to be commended .”