EHRC research - Pacesetters initiatives, NHS East Midlands *
‘Pacesetters’ is a national initiative to test out innovation and new ways of working to address inequalities in health and health services. It is a partnership programme, requiring strong engagement with local communities, patients, service users, carers and staff. The initiative focuses on inequalities that arise from organisational discrimination and exclusion of people on account of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, and/or sexual orientation. The discrimination may result in a lack of access to healthcare, inappropriate treatment, and less favourable outcomes.
NHS East Midlands is one of six strategic health authorities who are working with the Department of Health on this project. Within the East Midlands, the Pacesetters programme initially focused on three PCTs, and currently covers nine. The SHA is working on a diverse range of projects with a variety of community groups. Projects include Gypsy and Traveller ‘health ambassadors’ in Leicestershire, improving access to breast cancer screening for female prisoners in Lincolnshire, and improving palliative care services for faith communities in Nottingham.
An initial focus was placed on securing good project management and developing effective community engagement. As a result the SHA has presented three of its projects at a national conference on patient involvement, had an article published in a national health journal, and have been invited to speak at an international seminar in Hungary.
* Source: The performance of the health sector in meeting the Public Sector Equality Duties: moving towards effective equality outcomes, A Focus Consultancy Report, July 2011 [ EHRC research report]