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Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion

Equality is about creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Equality means treating individuals in a way that is appropriate to their needs, with dignity and worth regardless of their protected characteristics. Diversity builds on equality and focuses on how individual differences and their strengths can be valued for the benefit of both society and the individual.


We embrace equality, diversity and inclusion because it is the ethical thing to do and because it allows us to harness a wide range of experience, ideas and creativity while complying with anti-discrimination legislation. Our planning and buying of healthcare is shaped at all times by our commitment to meet the needs of everybody by promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

One of the key principles of the NHS Constitution is that:


 The NHS Constitution Principles state that: “The NHS provides a comprehensive service, available to all irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity or marital or civil partnership status. The service is designed to improve, prevent, diagnose and treat both physical and mental health problems with equal regard. It has a duty to each and every individual that it serves and must respect their human rights. At the same time, it has a wider social duty to promote equality through the services it provides and to pay particular attention to groups or sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population.”
This principle is often summarised in terms of:


  • equal access to services
  • equal treatment
  • equal health outcomes
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 states that 'each commissioning group must, in the exercise of its functions have the regard to the need to:


  • reduce inequalities between patients with respect to their ability to access health services
  • reduce inequalities between patients with respect to the outcomes achieved for them by provision of health services
  • promote the involvement of patients and their carers in decisions about provision of the health services to them
  • enable patients to make choices with respect to aspects of health services provided to them.
NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity for all. We do this in the way we commission healthcare services and by aiming to develop a diverse and well supported workforce which reflects the population we serve.


The Equality Act (updated 2011) and the NHS constitution help set the standard for Clinical Commissioning Groups to follow. This means we should:


  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • promote equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic, as well as those who do not. Protected characteristics include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

How will we do this? It involves:


  • removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different
  • encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

As a commissioner (buyer) of services:


The CCG is committed to making sure equality and diversity is a priority when we plan and commission local healthcare services. To do this we work closely with our communities to understand their needs and how best to commission the most appropriate services to meet those needs.

As an employer:


We are committed to ensuring we have a diverse workforce by providing fair and equal access to all job opportunities, including access to career development and training opportunities for existing and future staff. To do this we aim to recruit the best talent that we can and remove any barriers to ensure that we have the widest possible pool of talent to draw from.

NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG: Summary of Provider Compliance with Standards on Equity of Access, Equality and Non-Discrimination

NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG: Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Plan 2017-21

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