Mersey Care is committed to creating a culture in which equality and human rights are actively promoted and in which everyone is valued as an individual.
For Mersey Care, equality and human rights is about promoting health equalities for all groups and communities by identifying and overcoming barriers to access and inclusion.
For you this means a service that is fair, flexible, engaged and responsive to cultural, physical or social difference.
The Equality Act asks public sector organisations, including NHS organisations, to publish at least one Equality Objective by 6 April 2012. Liverpool Community Health has published three Objectives which have originated from our Single Equality Scheme and our Equality Delivery System (EDS) submission. EDS is a new national tool that replaced the Equality Performance Improvement Toolkit (EPIT) as the new standard way to measure performance on equality and diversity across Merseyside.
Our Objectives have been inspired by the EDS Goals:
Better Health Outcomes for All
Improved Patient Access and Experience
Empowered, Engaged and Well Supported Staff
Inclusive Leadership at All Levels
Quarterly Reports will provide an update on the progress of these Objectives.
Objective 1 Better Health Outcomes for All
Liverpool Community Health aims to become a nationally recognised Public Health organisation and will work with commissioners, staff, patients and other partners to tackle the wider co determinants of health inequality. In particular, for those groups that share protected characteristics. (Age, disability including learning disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity and marriage and civil partnership)
Objective 2 Improved Patient Access and Experience
To improve access to our services and the subsequent experience for people who share protected characteristics.
We will involve our patients about our services and we will make any necessary changes so that our services are easily accessible.
We will measure the outcomes via a renewed focus on monitoring of the access and experience of our services for people who share protected characteristics.
Objective 3 Empowered, Engaged and Well Supported Staff
The Workforce EDS Objectives are currently being developed as part of the Workforce Strategy and will be published during April 2012.
Objective 4 - Inclusive Leadership at All Levels
LCH is working towards Community Foundation Trust (CFT) status. We will work to ensure that our members are recruited from diverse backgrounds and take positive action to ensure that the CFT Governors are representative of the communities that we serve.
We will review our reporting and governance arrangements to ensure that equality, diversity and human rights are embedded throughout the organisation.
For further information please contact:
Equality and Diversity Manager
Tel: 0151 472 4758