Equality and Diversity

As a public sector body, Stafford and Surrounds CCG is required under the 2010 Equality Act to make provision for various obligations and legally-mandated duties conferred on us by the Act (known as the ‘Public Sector Equality Duty’ or PSED). These PSED requirements relate to the CCG as an NHS Commissioner, local system leader and as an employer. When deploying our commissioning functions, we are required to promote equality and diversity and tackle health inequalities. Part of these duties relate to the publication of certain strategy documents, including our CCG objectives in this area, along with annual equality and inclusion reports to show how we are performing against those.

The CCG is committed to promoting equality in the local community and further afield. A joint pdf Equality and Diversity Strategy (701 KB) 2017 - 2020 has been developed with Cannock Chase CCG and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG. The strategy outlines the new equality objectives for the CCG. You can also view the pdf action plan which details how the strategy will be delivered. (120 KB)

Equality Impact and risk assessments are processes designed to ensure that a policy, project or scheme does not discriminate against any disadvantaged or vulnerable people. We undertake Equality Impact and Risk assessments to:

  • Meet the Equality Act 2010 (The Equality Act protects people from various types of discrimination relating to the different protected characteristics)
  • Ensure we commission the right services and meet local need.

The CCGs Equality Impact and Risk Assessment Tool, is processed through an IT based system called U-assure. This enables the CCGs to show ‘due regard’ to the three aims of the Equality Act’s General Equality Duty by ensuring that all requirements around equality risk are given advanced consideration prior to any change or review of policies, services or functions. There is a short presentation to provide more information about Equality Impact and Risk assessments.   

Our Health Profile provides more information about the current demographics of the local population in Stafford and its surrounding areas.

We want to make sure that our buildings and our published information is accessible to everyone. This document contains details of our office locations and how to find us. If you require this information in an alternative format please contact Fleur Fernando: call 01827 306128 / 01785 854439 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Equality and Inclusion Annual Report

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies and NHS Trusts to assess their performance on equality and inclusion across the protected characteristic groups (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation) and show how they are improving the experiences of staff, patients and service users and other stakeholders.

Each year we publish our annual pdf Equality and Inclusion Report (1.30 MB) , which details the progress we have made over the last year on equality and inclusion issues in regard to its staff, patients and service users and other stakeholders.

Modern Slavery Act Statement

Slavery is aviolation of a person’s human rights. It can take the form of human trafficking, forced labour, bonded labour, forced or servile marriage, descent-based slavery and domestic slavery. A person is considered to be in modernslavery if they are;

  • Forced to work through mental or physical threat
  • Owned or controlled by an “employer”, usually throug hmental or physical abuse
  • De-humanised, treated as a commodity or sold or bought as“property”
  • Physically constrained or has restrictions placed in their freedom of movement

  pdf (235 KB) Read the CCG's statement in full and how we aim to approach modern slavery pdf . (235 KB)

Equality Delivery System (EDS) public grading

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is about treating all patients, carers and staff fairly. It is about making sure everyone has a say in how healthcare services involve and listen to all local people. Along with South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Cannock Chase CCG, we held public and staff events in January and March 2016. You can pdf read the full EDS 2 report here (482 KB)  or read the Easy Read report of the EDS public grading event.

Our grading of the equality delivery system 2 is on a four year cycle, an overview of our progress and grading outcomes can be viewed here:   pdf CCGs EDS overview grading 2014 to2018 (87 KB)

Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES)

NHS England has recently introduced the Workforce Race Quality Standard (WRES), which requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality. The WRES will ensure that all healthcare staff are treated fairly and with respect, which will have a postive impact on patient care.

These videos from NHS England highlight the leadership commitment given to the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard.

WRES Reporting

As part of our Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) and statutory duties each year we produce a report analysing our staff make-up. As a CCG we have we have prepared  the WRES report for internal use to enable improvement to the treatment and experience of BME staff to be made, we have analysed the data for 2016 and 2017 WRES reports and reported on its implications and what steps should be taken to address gaps between the treatment and experience of white and BME staff through an action plan.

In Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the numbers of Black Minority ethnic (BME) staff employed are relatively small, in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act, where publication might reasonably lead to the identification of individuals due to small numbers, wider publication of very small numbers in any of the Indicators is not appropriate as it may enable the identification of individuals, we have therefore not published these reports online.

View the CCG Governing Board  pdf WRES Statement of Commitment (210 KB) .

For further information visit the NHS England WRES webpage.

Accessible Information Standard

All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care must implement the Accessible Information Standard by 31 July 2016. Feedback from service users will begin in September 2016. If you require assistance to implement the Accessible Information Standard, ASSIST (Autism and Sensory Support in Staffordshire) may be able to support – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01785 356835.

Read more about the Accessible Information Standard including Implementation Guidance.

Referrers should record patients’ information and/or communication needs on the ‘additional requirements’ screen within the NHS e-Referral Service so that those needs are shared with the provider (who can then take the necessary action to ensure that those needs are met). Read more about the Accessible Information Standard and the e-Referral Service.

Read about the steps we’re taking to ensure the Accessible Information Standard is properly implemented and enforced.

Read about NHS England’s Accessible Information and Communication Policy showing how the Accessible Information Standard can be adopted by other organisations.

NHS England offer easy-read newsletters that tell you about what they are doing to make the NHS better for people with a learning disability. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be emailed the newsletter directly. 

If you have any queries, please contact the CCG Equality and Inclusion Lead or Business Partner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Page updated September 2017

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