Ethnic monitoring of Gypsies and Travellers

Matthew Brindley made this Freedom of Information request to West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Matthew Brindley

Dear West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT),

Under FOI legislation, could you please provide me with all ethnic monitoring data you have on Gypsies and Travellers health and well being, service use and staff in your PCT?

Could you also provide information detailing whether Gypsies and Travellers are monitored as standard policy in the PCT?

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Brindley

foi (SUSSEX PCT CLUSTER),

Dear Mr Brindley

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Yours sincerely

Gill Beall

Freedom of Information Officer
NHS Sussex
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foi (SUSSEX PCT CLUSTER),

Dear Mr Brindley
 
Further to your Freedom of Information request dated the 13th April 2012
in respect of Ethnic monitoring of Gypsies and Travellers, please find
below our response submitted on behalf of NHS West Sussex:
 

Under FOI legislation, could you please provide me with all ethnic
monitoring data you have on Gypsies and Travellers health and well being,
service use and staff in your PCT?
     
Could you also provide information detailing whether Gypsies and
Travellers are monitored as standard policy in the PCT?

The legal responsibility for monitoring the identity of service users lies
with the organisation providing the service. As a commissioner, NHS West
Sussexis responsible for ensuring that representative stakeholder views
are taken into consideration when services are commissioned and that
providers are meeting their legal obligations. This is done through
contract monitoring and quality reviews with providers. 

 

During public consultations in 2009/10, a partnership of local NHS Trusts,
West Sussex County Council and other public sector organizations,
developed an equality and diversity monitoring form.  This form includes
the options for both ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Traveller’ within its ethnic categories.
All local public sector organisations have been encouraged to use this
form when monitoring service uptake, and its has been widely circulated
amongst commissioners, managers and those carrying out engagement and
consultation activities for the Trust since its creation.

 

In terms of our staff, our Electronic Staff Record (the database that
records all protected characteristic information for staff) includes
ethnic categories for both ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Traveller’. However, it is
important to note that the ESR is usually populated based on a staff
member’s initial application for employment through the NHS Jobs website,
and this does not currently include ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Traveller’ ethnic
categories.

 

NHS Sussex, the PCT cluster representing NHS Brighton & Hove, NHS East
Sussex Downs & Weald, NHS Hastings & Rother and NHS West Sussex, has
recently published its Equality and Diversity Objectives 2012-13. A copy
of this document can be accessed using the following link:
[1]http://www.sussex.nhs.uk/nhs-sussex-key-...

 

Objective 1 (see below) is to not only increase access to services for
Gypsy and Traveller communities, but also increase monitoring of protected
characteristics and target public health messages.

 

Objective 1: Better health outcomes for all

In order to ensure we consistently improve health outcomes and address any
inequalities in outcome for patients we need to have a fuller
understanding of who our patients are and address any barriers that may be
preventing some communities from accessing services.

 

We will :

Ö        Increase monitoring of protected characteristics of patients in
GP practices and in secondary care health services.

Ö        Increase uptake in BME communities and Gypsy and Traveller
communities of key health services.

 

We will achieve this by:

·        Providing guidance and support for CCGs to improve patient data
collection processes.

·        Requiring evidence from provider organisations of the profile of
their patients as part of contract review and quality review processes.

·        Target key public health messages in East Sussex, West Sussex and
Brighton and Hove at local BME communities where under-representation has
been identified

 

In 2010 West Sussex PCT’s Public Health Department produced a report on
health inequalities within the traveller communities. A copy of this can
be viewed using the following link:
[2]http://www.westsussex.nhs.uk/?location_i...

 

There are also a variety of documents and strategies for Gypsy and
Traveller communities on the West Sussex County Council which can be
accessed via their website using the following link:  

[3]http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/search?site...

 

We hope this information is helpful.  However, if you are dissatisfied
with this response or the way in which your request was handled, please
contact:

 

The Information Governance Manager

NHS Sussex

1 The Causeway

Goring-by-Sea

West Sussex   BN12 6BT

 

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Yours sincerely

 
 
Gill Beall
 
Freedom of Information Officer
NHS Sussex
1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT
Direct Line: (01903) 708409
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