Equality, diversity and inclusion

The Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are committed to:

  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination
  • Promoting equality of opportunity in respect to the way we commission healthcare services
  • Developing a diverse and well supported workforce which reflects the population we serve

Equality and diversity is central to our values, processes and behaviours.

Our responsibilities

We have a responsibility under the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to meet our Public Sector Equality Duty across the range of protected characteristics of age, sex, disability, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion/belief, gender reassignment and pregnancy/maternity status.

Under the terms of this duty, we must:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it

This duty applies to the services we provide, and to our role as a commissioner of other services.

You can find information on how we fulfil this duty in our annual report.

Our equality and diversity policy

Our latest equality and diversity policy is available to download.

Equality and Health Inequality Impact Assessments (EHIA)

As part of the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCGs) commitment to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do, we are improving the way in which we undertake and publish Equality and Health Inequality Impact Assessments (EHIAs).

EHIAs are a useful tool to help us consider our plans and decisions in relation to our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and Health and Social Care Act 2012 (s.14Z1 – duty to tackle health inequalities). The process is critical before introducing new or different approaches to care or services, or implementing changes. The assessment helps us to understand how our decisions may affect people; what we need to do to better meet people’s needs; and to think clearly about how what we are planning may impact on all communities or groups, including our CCG staff. It also provides us with an opportunity to consider how we can further promote equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights in everything that we do. The assessment is not static, and can be updated several times during a piece of work.

We aim to make available EHIAs so that we are fully transparent in our decision-making and welcome feedback to improve our knowledge, approach and application going forward.

You can view a list of completed EHIAs by year below. If you are seeking a particular EHIA please contact our Equality and Diversity team on sxccg.ehia@nhs.net.

EHIAs published in 2019
  • Local resolution
  • BHCC care matching
  • LUTS
  • OPOF programme
  • Princess Royal Hospital UTC
  • Urgent Treatment Centre at RSCH
  • Lewes UTC
  • Lewes MIU decant
  • DAC – Possability People
  • Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Brighton and Hove Primary Care ECG Locally Commissioned Service
  • HWLH Primary Care PSA Monitoring Locally
  • HWLH Primary Care ECG Locally Commissioned Service
  • Ear Irrigation LCS for Brighton and Hove
  • Ear Irrigation LCS for HWLH
  • Age UK Crisis Service – continuation of service
  • Age UK Crisis Service – review of service
  • Age UK nail cutting – continuation of service
  • Age UK nail cutting – review of service
  • Link Back – continuation of service
  • Link Back – review of service
  • Brighton and Hove CCG Diabetes Prevention Primary Care
  • Locally Commissioned Service
  • Brighton and Hove Ring Pessary Management LCS
  • Proposed merger of Matlock Surgery and Beaconsfield Medical Practice
  • Organisational change
  • Family leave
  • Work life balance
  • High Intensity User Service
  • Extended Access Service
  • Telehealth in Care and Nursing Homes – staff
  • IAPT wellbeing 1
  • Brighton and Hove CCG Micro-suction Primary Care Locally Commissioned Service
  • Primary Care serious mental illness physical health assessment LCS
  • Urgent Treatment Centres in Eastbourne and Hastings
EHIAs published in 2020
  • Complaints Policy
  • Telehealth in Care and Nursing Homes Patients
  • Eastbourne Walk in Centre Consultation
  • Aligned Conflicts of Interest Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy (Freedom to Speak Up)
  • FOI Policy
  • Children and Adults Wheelchair Service
  • GP Referral variation
  • Memory Assessment Service (MAS)
  • Special Allocation Scheme
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Policy and Procedure
  • Work Experience Policy
  • Review of Substance Misuse Policy
  • Professional Registration Policy
  • Maternity Personalised Care and Support Plans
  • Smarter Working Policy