Equality Target Action Group
The Equality Target Action Group (ETAG) supports NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to consult with different community groups in and around Bolton about equality and inclusion in health care services.
The CCG is committed to ensuring that all patients are able to access the services they need, when they need them, and for them to be provided in the most suitable way. This means that everyone in Bolton should have equal access to NHS information, services, and buildings. We want to remove any barriers to this, particularly those that may be due to factors such as age, race, disability, or gender. We know people may access services in different ways and we take steps to help support those who may have difficulties. The CCG is committed to ensuring that Bolton’s health services are culturally sensitive, inclusive, accessible, and appropriate for our residents.
There are nine protected characteristics set down by the Equality Act 2010:
- Gender (male/female)
- Gender re-assignment (transgender issues)
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief – including lack of belief
- Sexual orientation (lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual)
- Marriage and civil partnership
It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of any of these characteristics.
To find out more about the CCG’s work in this area, visit the equality and diversity area of our website.
What happens at an ETAG meeting?
The group meets every eight weeks at a venue in Bolton town centre. Each meeting has a set agenda, which is sent out at least two weeks before. Key speakers are invited to the meeting to cover a range of issues on health and equality and diversity. The CCG provides regular updates on ongoing projects and any planned changes to local services. ETAG members can also raise issues relating to health services in Bolton.
Members are encouraged to share their experiences of local health services. This valuable feedback helps the CCG to ensure that the needs of different groups in our community are being met.
Lots of local groups and organisations are involved with ETAG and have come to trust and value the contribution the group makes. At the January 2019 ETAG meeting, we compiled a short survey and asked the group three questions - to find out what they liked about the group and what they would like to see more of over the next 12 months. These responses will shape the meetings so they are featuring speakers and subjects that are of interest to the group. To see all the responses to the ETAG survey, click here.
What is expected of an ETAG member?
Members of ETAG are expected to:
- Attend meetings
- Share experiences and views of local health services
- Participate in discussions
Those who attend as a representative of a group are expected to:
- Feed information back to their group.
- Share the views and experiences of their group.
- Support CCG public engagement or consultations on any proposed changes to health services
- Attend task groups where relevant
Topics covered in 2019/2020
Throughout 2019/2020, ETAG members have discussed and given valuable feedback on the following:
- The Giving Back in Bolton Project
- Healthy Minds youth project
- Flu vaccination campaign
- Bolton Health and Care Partnership
- Outpatients Improvement Project
- Trans awareness and issues faced by the community in society
- Bolton Foundation Trust: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
- Hate crime strategy
- GM autism friendly strategy
- Bolton Neuro Voices
For more information or to give feedback about any of the topics listed above, please contact the CCG's Communications and Engagement Team on 0800 588 4400 (freephone) or BOLCCG.email@example.com.
How to get involved
If you are interested in finding our more about ETAG, please contact please contact the CCG's Communications and Engagement Team on 0800 588 4400 (freephone) or BOLCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can ring Bolton CVS on 01204 546010.
You can join ETAG as an individual or as a representative of a local group or organisation. All meetings are held at The Bolton Hub, Bold Street, Bolton, BL1 1LS.
Future dates 2021
During the coronavirus social distancing restrictions, ETAG meetings have been replaced with catch-up and cuppa sessions. These are held virtually via Microsoft Teams.
The next session will take place on:
- Monday 22nd March 2021, 11am-noon. Register now.