Equality, diversity and inclusion

NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CWS CCG) is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination, promoting equality of opportunity in respect to the way we commission healthcare services and to developing a diverse and well supported workforce which reflects the population we serve.

The role of 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 groups of age, gender, disability, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion/ belief, gender reassignment, marriage / civil partnership 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 on the Key Document page.

Equality objectives and EDS2

Our equality and diversity objectives for 2017-2019 are formed of four sections:

  1. Better health outcomes for all
  2. Improved patient access and experience
  3. A representative and supported workforce
  4. Inclusive leadership at all levels

Currently CWS CCG uses the Equality and Delivery System 2 (known as EDS2) to monitor our objectives.

This is a process of reviewing local information about the population we serve, looking closely at our performance and what we are doing to provide equal opportunities, and – importantly - asking our stakeholders to grade us.

Working across the eight CCGs in Sussex and East Surrey, the CCGs have been reviewing their EDS2 processes for 2019-20.

Following a review of EDS2 processes and reporting, it has been agreed to take two programme examples to review current performance – IAPT and Maternity.

These are being developed on the national template to be considered by stakeholders, and reported to the CCGs' Governing Bodies in the summer.

A series of EDS2 questions and answers are available.

If you would like to work with us on this and help us to grade our current performance please contact us so we can include you in our planning.

Equality objectives and EDS2 from our partners

Workforce Race Equality Standard

All NHS organisations are required to demonstrate how they are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas. The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) helps organisations achieve this.

The nine-point WRES metric demonstrates how NHS organisations are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas:

Workforce Race Equality Standard indicators for Coastal West Sussex CCG 2018

Equality and Health Inequalities Impact Assessments

Equality and Health Inequalities Impact Assessments are critical before implementing any changes to services.

The assessment helps commissioners 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.

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.

By including “health inequalities” into our impact assessments we are meeting our legal duties as CCGs to reduce health inequalities.

In order to advance equality and reduce inequality, equality and health inequalities impact analysis is an integral part of our policy development and reporting.

Equality Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) form

Other assessments the CCG carries out as part of its commissioning work, including quality impact assessments.

Disability confident employer

All Sussex and East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are part of the Disability Confident Scheme; a commitment that we will:

  • ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • communicating and promoting vacancies
  • offering an interview to disabled people
  • anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
  • supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
  • at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people

The Disability Confident Scheme is a voluntary government scheme, which supersedes the positive about disability ‘Two Ticks Scheme’. This scheme will help us attract people from the widest possible pool of talent and retain existing employees with long term disabilities, and to positively change behaviours, attitudes and culture.

Useful links

  • 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 9 grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.