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 Equality Act 2010 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.

Equality objectives

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. NHS England are refreshing this in accordance with user feedback and it is likely that EDS3 will be in action from the end of 2018.

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. We have set up a task and finish group to drive this work forward. 

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.

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 Impact Assessments

Equality Impact Assessments are a way to ensure that we take into consideration the potential positive and negative impacts of any change in our services. We also describe what action we would take if there are any possible negative impacts.  Please find below recent Equality Impact Assessments.

Equality impact assessment for Arun Medical Group patient list's possible redistribution to alternative GP practices.

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.

Equality Objectives and EDS2 from our partners