North Central London ICB is committed to commissioning the best care for the diverse population we serve, recognising that services need to be designed with equality, diversity, and human rights at the core of business and decision-making.
We are committed to fulfilling our equality duties and obligations to reduce health inequalities in all aspects of our roles and functions. The values underpinning equality, diversity, and human rights are central to policy making, service planning, employment practices, and commissioning.
For our staff, we aim to create a working culture that recognises, respects, and values differences for the benefit of the organisation, the individual, and the community.
Equality Act 2010
General equality duty and the ICB policy response:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
To meet the general duty, the ICB will publish its equality objectives and produce the annual equality information report. In doing so, the ICB will:
- Ensure policies and services are routinely assessed to eliminate and minimise any negative impact and remove barriers.
- Take steps to meet the differing needs of people.
- Encourage participation of patients and the public in decision-making.
- Age – A person belonging to a particular age or age group. People of different ages include children, younger people and older people.
- Gender – Both men and women are protected under the Equality Act 2010.
- Gender Reassignment – People who are proposing to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone a process (or part of a process) to reassign their sex by changing physiological or other physical attributes of sex.
- Disability – People who have a disability or a physical or mental impairment and it has substantial and long term adverse effect on an individual’s ability to carry out normal daily living activities.
- Race – People characterised by shared ethnicity, colour, nationality (including citizenship) and ethnic or national origins.
- Pregnancy and Maternity – The law covers pregnant women or those who have given birth within the last 26 weeks, and those who are breast-feeding.
- Marriage and Civil Partnership – In the Equality Act marriage and civil partnership means someone who is legally married or in a civil partnership. People do not have this characteristic if they are single.
- Religion/Belief – In the Equality Act religion or belief can mean any religion, for example an organised religion like Christianity, Judaism, Islam or Buddhism; or a smaller religion like Rastafarianism or Paganism, as long as it has a clear structure and belief system. The Equality Act also covers non-belief or a lack of religion or belief.
Human Rights are underpinned by a set of common values and have been adopted by the NHS under the acronym FREDA.
The FREDA principles represent:
- Fairness (e.g. fair and transparent grievance and complaints procedures)
- Respect (e.g. respect for same sex couples, teenage parents, homeless)
- Equality (e.g. not being denied treatment due to age, sex, race etc.)
- Dignity (e.g. sufficient staff to change soiled sheets, help patient to eat/drink)
- Autonomy (e.g. involving people in decisions about their treatment and care)
Consideration of human rights is also given in our Equality Analysis process, to ensure that our policies and strategies are compatible with the rights afforded by this Act.
Equality Information (Public Sector Equality Duty Report)
Our Equality Information Reports:
- Equality Information Report 2022-23
- Equality Information Report 2021-22
- Equality Information Report 2020-21