We are committed to promoting equality and diversity amongst all our staff, patients and users
What is Equality and Diversity?
Equality means ensuring that everyone is able to participate in all of our activities and access all health services on an equal footing.
Diversity acknowledges that there are differences between people which should be recognised, and respected.
We aim to commission healthcare services that are equitable to everyone regardless of age; disability; gender re-assignment; marriage & civil partnership; pregnancy & maternity; race, ethnicity or national origin; religion or belief; gender; sexual orientation, domestic circumstances, trade union membership (or non-membership), socio-economic or employment status. We also aim to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce.
How do we go about achieving this?
The CCG Board has approved the Equality and Diversity strategy. As reflected in the Strategy, the CCG is fully committed to the use of the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS). Appendix 3 of the Strategy (pages 25-27) sets out our equality objectives.
One of these overarching goals and objectives will be reviewed each year, such that all goals and objectives will be completely refreshed every four years, in line with the EDS. The first review will take place during Autumn 2014 and the outcome will be reflected in the E&D Strategy when it is updated in November 2014.
In line with the public sector equality duty, the CCG formally monitors the make-up of its current workforce and those who apply for employment with the CCG and the most recent report can be read here .
Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs)
These are the Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) we have conducted on major projects:
Workforce Race Equality Standard
The NHS is founded on a core set of principles and values (set out within the NHS Constitution) that bind together the diverse communities and people it serves as well as the staff that work in it. NHS England and the NHS Equality and Diversity Council commissioned the development of the Workforce Race Equality Standards; a set of nine equality indicators. The WRES was implemented in 2015, however August 2019 was the first time CCGs were required to report nationally against the indicators.