Leadership and engagement – UNISON representatives *
Leadership and engagement
In NHS East Riding of Yorkshire, NHS Plymouth, and NHS North East, senior leadership took an active role, equality leads were executive board members, and programmes and initiatives took place that ensured patient and equality group consultation and engagement in the decision-making process.
- Commissioning: In NHS Leicester City and NHS North West, commissioning included initiatives that involved patient commissioning boards made up of diverse stakeholders representing local communities.
- Services: In a large number of authorities and trusts, services included those based on rigorous, local evidence, clear priorities and objectives, and clear action and delivery plans.
- Cross-functional practices: In NHS North West and NHS Somerset, some practices can promote equality outcomes across several functions simultaneously – including employment, commissioning, and service delivery. These too depend on a careful consideration of the needs of local equality groups and effective consultation, engagement, and monitoring strategies. The equality duties represent an opportunity for healthcare providers to develop systems and procedures that truly reflect the diversity of modern Britain, protect the rights of disadvantaged groups, and deliver improved health and wellbeing for all. Not only can this lead to improved employment and health outcomes for different groups in society, but also deliver public spending savings and greater economic growth.”
Source: ‘The performance of the health sector in meeting the Public Sector Equality Duties: moving towards effective equality outcomes’, EHRC, July 2011 http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/research/psed_health.pdf