The Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are committed to:
- Eliminating unlawful discrimination
- Promoting equality of opportunity in respect to the way we commission healthcare services
- Developing a diverse and well supported workforce which reflects the population we serve
Equality and diversity is central to our values, processes and behaviours.
We have a responsibility under the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to meet our Public Sector Equality Duty across the range of protected characteristics of age, sex, disability, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion/belief, gender reassignment and pregnancy/maternity status.
Under the terms of this duty, we must:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
This duty applies to the services we provide, and to our role as a commissioner of other services.
You can find information on how we fulfil this duty in our annual report.
Our equality and diversity policy
Our latest equality and diversity policy is available to download.
Equality and Health Inequality Impact Assessments (EHIA)
As part of the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups' (CCGs) commitment to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do, we are improving the way in which we undertake and publish Equality and Health Inequality Impact Assessments (EHIAs).
EHIAs are a useful tool to help us consider our plans and decisions in relation to our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and Health and Social Care Act 2012 (s.14Z1 – duty to tackle health inequalities). The process is critical before introducing new or different approaches to care or services, or implementing changes. The assessment helps us to understand how our decisions may affect people; what we need to do to better meet people's needs; and to think clearly about how what we are planning may impact on all communities or groups, including our CCG staff. It also provides us with an opportunity to consider how we can further promote equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights in everything that we do. The assessment is not static, and can be updated several times during a piece of work.
We aim to make available EHIAs so that we are fully transparent in our decision-making and welcome feedback to improve our knowledge, approach and application going forward.
You can view a list of completed EHIAs by year below. If you are seeking a particular EHIA please contact our Equality and Diversity team on email@example.com.
The NHS nationally
You may also find the following information about equality, diversity and inequalities from across the wider NHS useful:
- Government Equality office - responsible for equality strategy and legislation across government. It leads on issues relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality
- Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) monitors human rights, protecting equality across nine grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment
- Public Health Outcomes Framework sets out a vision for public health, that is to Improve and protect the nation's health, and improve the health of the poorest fastest