Promoting equality is at the heart of our values. We will commission services fairly, so that no community or group is left behind in the improvements we make across the area. This is especially important as we work towards the challenges faced by the NHS, set out in the Five Year Forward View.
Guidance for commissioners on meeting legal duties for equality and health inequalities also supports our work.
The CCG works closely with its local public health team to ensure we fully understand our local community and all engagement and involvement meets the needs of the most vulnerable to ensure they are fully engaged and their voices are heard.
Health in summary
In St Helens there are wide differences between wards in both health and wellbeing measures and indicators of the wider determinants of health.
The health of people in St Helens is generally worse than the England average. St Helens is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England and about 25% (8,100) of children live in low income families. Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average.
A local infographic has been developed to highlight some of the key areas for St Helens and is described as if St Helens is a village of a 100 people
When working with our local community the CCG also use a number of published resources to ensure local needs are met.
JSNA looks into the inequalities between wards using a colour coded matrix. This will highlight the need for further investigation or provision in certain wards to determine the cause for the differences seen.
There is also a detailed look at inequalities in Life Expectancy within the Borough and between St Helens and the national average.
Other key documents include:
Throughout the work of the CCG demographic monitoring is used to ensure all engagement, involvement and consultation work is representative of the community. The attached demographic template is used.
Our equality objectives and EDS 2
We are required to prepare and publish equality objectives to meet our specific duty as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. Our plan is specific and measurable and we will update the plan on an annual basis. We have worked collaboratively with our providers on implementing our Equality Delivery Systems (EDS) 2 toolkit. This has resulted in all health services tackling the same barriers and issues that sustain health inequalities in the borough.
We understand that sometimes in our lives we may face barriers in relation to accessing health services or experience different outcomes. We want to make big differences to health across our diverse communities and our following equality objectives will support us to do this:
Find out more information
To find out more information about equality and diversity please visit our equality and diversity section