Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Equality and diversity

Our commitment to Equality and Diversity

We are committed to ensuring that we reduce health inequalities and to keeping the needs of our communities at the heart of our commissioning role.

Our mission, 'Supporting people in Dorset to lead healthier lives', means that we need to work with a range of communities and populations to support them in accessing and using local health services. We need to increase knowledge about healthcare needs to enable our communities to lead healthier lives.

We recognise that people access services and need support in a variety of different ways. For us to succeed in our mission, we need to understand our communities, engage effectively with you and commission services to meet local needs.

The CCG is keen to ensure that the information that we send out to the public  is suitable and understandable to as many people as possible. Our information can be made into easy read or translated into different languages, if that is what you find useful.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy has at its heart a commitment to keeping the needs of our diverse communities at the centre of our commissioning role. This includes tackling as effectively as possible, health inequalities by having appropriate actions to take, in place.

Dorset CCG takes seriously the particular needs that members of diverse/Protected Characteristics communities that use our services have.  We believe, as is reflected in our planning and ethos, that healthcare provision on an equitable discrimination-free basis is the right of all in Dorset.

We are also committed to ensuring that we reduce health inequalities (meaning those who suffer from them have reduced opportunities to access timely and effective health care services).

Health inequalities can mean reduced life span, greater vulnerability to colds and infection, living longer than required with physical impairments, etc. they can be caused by language barriers, mental health related communication issues and even fear of experiencing prejudice – such as homophobia and transphobia – as well as not having a good understanding of what NHS services are available and how to access them.