Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

Equality and Diversity

What we believe
As a CCG, we are committed to working with our partner organisations to create a health and care system that is personal, fair and meets the diverse needs of our population.

We celebrate the diversity of the population in Somerset and are striving to promote and reflect that diversity within this organisation both as a commissioner of local healthcare services and as an employer.

We also recognise that many individuals and communities experience unlawful and unfair discrimination on the grounds of these nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

We commit to actively oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, harassment and victimisation of individuals using or working within health and social care services. Furthermore, we will work towards promoting equality of opportunity for patients, carers, the general public and staff and fostering good relations between different groups.

What we are doing to support equality and diversity

Click on the headings below for more information about our CCG's equality work:

Our equality strategy

We have an Equality & Diversity and Public Engagement Strategy for 2016-2020. Please read our equality report here

Our annual report
We produce an annual report each year to show the work we have been doing and to demonstrate how we have been meeting our legal duties. Click here to view our latest report.

Our equality objectives
Every four years, we set ourselves equality objectives as required by the Equality Act 2010. Our current objectives were chosen based on feedback we received from patients, carers and the public, including representatives from the nine protected group (listed above). Our objectives are published in our equality strategy (above) and we report annually on our progress towards them which can be found in our annual report.

Our equality newsletter

Click here to see the November 2015 newsletter full of equality news from us and our partners.

Click here to see the August 2015 newsletter.

Click here to see the March 2016 newsletter

Useful accessibility guides

Click here to see information about accessing 111 services using alternative methods

Click here to see the guide: Working with a BSL-English interpreter

Click here to see the guide: Working with a hearing loop

Click here to see the guide: Working with a support worker

Click here to see the guide: Working with an assistance dog

Click here to see the guide: Working with the Next Generation Text service

Our groups
Engaging with people from our county is one of the most important ways for us to achieve our equality and diversity objectives and to ensure we are on the right track towards creating a personal and fair health system. For that reason, we host the Somerset Engagement Advisory Group (SEAG) which allows us to discuss our commissioning plans with representatives from the local community and to hear more from local organisations about the work they have been doing. For more information, visit our Patient, Carer and Public Involvement pages here.

Equality Delivery System (EDS)
Click here to see our latest EDS Evidence and Grading Report. We have more information about the EDS on this page: Equality Delivery System.

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
As a CCG, we are required to give 'due regard' to the WRES. This means we annually review our workforce statistics to ensure staff from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups are being recruited and treated fairly and we work continuously throughout the year to keep improving on this.
Our Provider Trusts also carry out the WRES work but are required to publish this information. To view the WRES documents from each provider, please click the links below:

Our CCG does not publish our workforce information because we have fewer than 150 employees, which means any information published would be likely to identify individual staff members which would break confidentiality.

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
When we commission new services, write new policies or make healthcare changes in Somerset, we carry out an Equality Impact Assessment to ensure no protected or disadvantaged groups are treated unfairly as a result of the changes. We aim to publish more of our EIAs so you can see clearly how we have considered equality in our work.
Click here for more information about Equality Impact Assessments.

Why we are carrying out equality work

Our society has progressively moved towards equality and inclusion for people from all different backgrounds. We believe that an equal, inclusive, personal and fair NHS is an integral part of this.

The Equality Act 2010 defines what people can expect in an equal and inclusive society and defines specific work required by public sector organisations, such as our CCG, to ensure our services meet those expectations.

These requirements form the Public Sector Equality Duty which states public sector organisations must:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

Another aspect of the duty is that we must set and publish equality objectives every four years and we must report annually on the progress we are making towards those objectives.


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01935 384000  


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