Equality and Inclusion

Promoting equality, diversity, human rights and inclusion is at the heart of our values, ensuring that we commission, redesign and decommission services fairly and that no community or group is left behind in the improvements that will be made to health outcomes across West Cheshire.

We will continue to work in partnership with our providers, community and voluntary sector agencies and other key organisations to ensure that we advance equality of opportunity to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.  The Equality Act 2010 requires us to meet our Public Sector Equality Duty across a range of protected groups, to include age, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status and pregnancy or maternity status.

The Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty require public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

In addition, the Clinical Commissioning Group has specific equality objectives, which are to:

  • Make fair and transparent commissioning decisions; 
  • Improve access and outcomes for patients and communities who experience disadvantage;
  • Improve the equality performance of our providers through robust procurement and monitoring practice; and
  • Empower and engage our workforce.

Our organisational requirement to demonstrate due regard and our specific equality objectives link specifically to the following corporate objectives.

  • To place patients in the centre of our commissioning decisions;
  • To commission safe, effective care that continues to improve patient experience;
  • To continue to develop the effectiveness of the organisation;

The delivery of our equality and corporate objectives will support the delivery of the Clinical Commissioning Group’s strategic vision, the West Cheshire Way, which aims to wrap the delivery of care around our patients.

Accessible Information

NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to meeting NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard. This means that when we speak or communicate with you we will:

  • Ask if you have any communication needs
  • Record those needs in a clear way
  • Highlight them in our record of the correspondence
  • Share your needs with appropriate organisations
  • Act to make sure you receive the information you need in a format you can understand

To find out more about the Accessible Information Standard, please click here.

For further information please see the Equality Human Rights website or contact the Clinical Commissioning Group's Organisational Development Manager, Karen Warren via email karen.warren5@nhs.net or by phone 01244 385369.