Equality and diversity

Equality and diversity

Surrey Downs Clinical CommissionDiversity 1350043 1920 Pixabaying Group is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity. We do this in the way we commission healthcare services and by developing 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 follows. This mean 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

So 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.

Read about how we plan to deliver equality and diversity by downloading our strategy here.

Find out more about how we're promoting equality and diversity here.

Do you know what the Accessible Information Standard is? If not this will help.

Learn how we're supporting carerswhat help is available if you are a carer and what The Care Act means.

Please click here to download our annual Equality and Diversity Duty report for 2017/18.