Equality, diversity and inclusion
NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) is committed to:
- eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act (2010);
- advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; and
- fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
In this section, you will information about:
- our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion;
- equality and health inequality impact and risk assessments (EHIIRAs) and how they are used;
- NHS mandated standards relating to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI); and
- how we report on EDI-related progress.
We're committed to making sure equality, diversity and inclusion is a priority when planning and commissioning health and care services for our population.
We want to make sure our services are appropriate, equitable and accessible for everyone - nobody should be disadvantaged or discriminated against.
To achieve this aim, we must demonstrate we’ve considered the impacts policies, services and practice have on our patient population and our workforce – particularly those people with protected characteristics or those from vulnerable groups.
The characteristics protected by the Equality Act (2010) are:
- Sex (gender)
- Gender reassignment
- Sexual orientation
- Religion and/or belief
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Marriage and civil partnership
We also consider other vulnerable groups such as:
- Military veterans
- Asylum seekers
- People from deprived areas
Not forgetting other groups that experience significant health inequalities such as those identified by the national Core20PLUS5 programme.