The Equality Act 2010 provides strong protections to ensure equality becomes embedded into society. Authorised public bodies, including Clinical Commissioning Groups, have specific proactive duties to ensure proper consideration to equality is taken in all activities including decisions relating to services and employment practices.
Our dedicated Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights team is committed to ensuring people are treated equally and fairly - at work, during care and out in communities. We can provide the expert advice and support you need to implement equality and support inclusive cultures both in communities and across all your teams, in line with legislation. Our services include:
Our service is not just about legal compliance. Understanding the difference in health factors across different groups is key to being able to develop and improve services to suit the varying needs of our populations. Identifying health inequalities is a key priority since only by doing so will inclusion be delivered for the whole population. We provide a comprehensive support package that takes into account policy, governance, community insight and best practice and create a tailored strategy to empower you to take informed action.
Passionate about equality of access to services and fully committed to delivering the best possible care and support for citizens, the NHS Arden & GEM CSU team is highly experienced at working across numerous health and social care organisations. We are currently working at a national level with NHS England on a number of projects to develop and promote Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights. This includes designing EDS2, supporting advisory groups on information standards, System Leader Forums for Equality and the implementation of WRES. We share best practice as part of our on-going commitment to deliver true equality in the commissioning and delivery of services.
Find out more about our equality, inclusion and human rights services by accessing the resources below.
Arden & GEM has been awarded gold in the ‘We invest in wellbeing’ accreditation – part of the internationally recognised Investors in People framework – for its efforts to develop and nurture a culture of wellbeing.
When COVID-19 hit, NHS Arden & GEM CSU and NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU brought the experience, skills and expertise of their combined engagement and communications team together to support clients in delivering both business as usual activities and specific COVID-19 programmes.
As part of this October’s World Menopause Month, Arden & GEM hosted a series of bitesize webinars to raise awareness of the menopause and support those who are currently affected.
In this blog, written for the NHS Confederation 'Reset' campaign, Head of Engagement, Communications and Marketing, Andrea Clark reports that the NHS can increase its engagement with its patients and the public now that many people are becoming increasingly confident using technology.
Join our free webinar on engaging virtually with impact. Taking place on Thursday 23 July, the webinar will help organisations consider their engagement requirements and duties when making decisions about service restoration and recovery.
Hear how Arden & GEM CSU is advising and supporting health and care systems on the engagement process needed as part of their restoration and recovery plans at the NHS Communications Virtual Conference.
I am a gay man…five words, that it would seem, on the surface, are simple enough to say, but there was a time when I was terrified to even mention the “G” word.
Working in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT), NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit developed a training programme to help staff understand the issues and inequalities facing minority communities and encourage direct action to improve access to health services.
We developed a bespoke training programme and toolkit to help CCGs gain the skills and the confidence to carry out EIAs that not only meet their duties under the Equality Act (2010), but help them deliver effective and appropriate services to their communities.
If you’d like to find out more about equality, inclusion and human rights please contact us here: