Equalities and involvement 

How we use equalities and involvement in our planning process 

The CCG places people at the heart of our planning processes, and we are committed to our legal duty to involve the public in our commissioning and planning process. In 2018/2019, the CCG revised its business case approval process to ensure a consistent approach to how projects are managed through their lifecycle. The revised process ensures that all commissioning plans, projects, procurement of a new service, proposals for service change, policy development, or an operational commissioning decision which affects patients and the public require completion of an:

  • Equality impact assessment (EIA)form
  • Quality impact assessment (QIA) form
  • Engagement log

 The forms must be completed at the start of the planning process for any commissioning activity, and before operational commissioning decisions are taken which may impact on the range of commissioned services and/or the way in which they are provided. The impacted groups identified within equalities work and EIAs determine the engagement approach and target stakeholders for each project.

The forms must be completed and attached to all procedural documents when submitted to the appropriate committee for consideration and approval.  For example the procurement of a musculoskeletal service involved completion of the EIA, QIA and engagement log. Other business cases for which a EIA and QIA has been completed and approved through the committee sign off process include co-ordinate my care, referral management, respiratory, medicines management and enhanced care home. An EIA was also completed for the 2018-2022 Commissioning Strategy which informed the outreach and engagement approach for the development and implementation of the strategy.