Equality and Inclusion

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. 

  pdf Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups Equality and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2021 (466 KB)

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCG Public Sector Equality Duty Objectives

The purpose of setting equality objectives is to help the CCGs to better perform against the 2010 Equality Acts, Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). Equality objectives help focus attention on the priority equality issues in order to deliver improvements in policy making, service delivery and employment, including resource allocation. Examples include targeted engagement or service delivery.

Read and download: pdf 2018-2021 CCG Combined Equality Objectives (212 KB)

Equality Impact and risk assessments

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.

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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, (649 KB)  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 a violation 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 modern slavery if they are;

  • Forced to work through mental or physical threat
  • Owned or controlled by an “employer”, usually through mental 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 Read the CCG's statement in full and how we aim to approach modern slavery (235 KB) pdf
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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.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCG Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCGs have two roles in relation to WRES as commissioners and employers. 

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a useful tool to identify, monitor and reduce any disparities in experience and outcomes for NHS employees and job applicants of different ethnicities. The Standard tracks progress to identify and help eliminate discrimination in the treatment and to promote equality of opportunity for Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees. 

The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent 6 CCGs publicly combine their workforce data when reporting on WRES . But even with combined workforce data, the CCGs need to consider how low staff numbers or grouping staff by characteristics could potentially identify individual staff. For this reason we publish figures as percentages. CCGs in their commissioning role, monitor their larger provider equality webpages for compliance against this standard. 

For more Information please visit NHS England Workforce Race Equality Standard 

2018-2019 WRES pdf Template (649 KB) & pdf Report (202 KB)

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.


Accessibility Statement

If you would like to receive material from the Staffordshire 6 CCGs websites or our key publications in another format – such as audio, Clear Information, Easy Read, British Sign Language, interpreter services, large print, or Braille – please contact the general reception number and speak to any member of the administration team -  01782 298002 or use ‘Next Generation Text’ service for deaf and hard of hearing patients, carers and staff.

Staffordshire CCGs want our patients, carers, staff and partner organisations to be able to understand our information in the format that is most accessible to their individual needs. This includes identifying and reasonably removing ‘barriers’ for people accessing our information, services, premises, any employment or engagement opportunitiesThis may involve responding to our anticipatory equality duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’, from requests received.

This Equality and Inclusion Strategy will also become available on the CCG websites in summarised Easy Read format.