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 Equality and Diversity Strategy is currently under development with Cannock Chase CCG and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG - planned for publication in early 2017. View Stafford and Surrounds CCG's latest Equality and Diversity Report. The Equality and Diversity Strategy is being updated along with our Equality Objectives, and we will be going out to consultation in 2017.

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 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  Equality and Inclusion Report, 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.

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. Easy Read report of the EDS public grading event.

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 Template 2015

Implementation of the WRES is a requirement on both NHS commissioners and NHS provider organisations. In light of the inclusion of WRES in the NHS standard contract and in the CCG Assurance Framework, NHS organisations should use the WRES Reporting Template 2015 to respond to the WRES metrics.

The WRES Reporting Template is designed to give an overview of the organisation’s most recent WRES implementation.

View the CCG Governing Board WRES Statement of Commitment.

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 21 December 2016

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