Equality and Inclusion Strategy

Equality and Inclusion Strategy March 2017 (new joint strategy from North Staffordshire CCG and Stoke-on Trent CCG)

Both North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) have presented their first draft joint E&I Strategy to local communities of interest and received feedback  in 2016.

The approved strategy is available to be downloaded as shown below.

Feedback was received on the E&I Strategy up until September 2016 and governing body approval was given by both CCGs at the February 2017 Governing Board meeting in common.

EDS public gradings shaped new Equality Objectives  / E&I Strategy

CCGs held their first joint Equality Delivery System (EDS) annual public grading on  27 October 2015 at North Staffordshire CCG. Local community stakeholder groups, including protected group representatives, were invited to attend the grading of CCGs’ equality performance for 2014 to 2015. This event focused on evidence for Goal 1 and Goal 4 i.e. G1: Better health outcomes, and G4: Inclusive leadership at all levels.

EDS Goal  2 : Improved patient  access  and experience, was publicly graded by stakeholders / seldom heard group representatives  on 17  May  2016 at  North Staffordshire CCG. EDS  Goal 2 evidence was made available to view  in advance, on both CCG EDS webpages.

EDS is the NHS wide equality performance framework mandated by NHS England from April 2015. This involves CCGs and their larger provider partners in gathering equality evidence presented via a transparent annual public grading carried out by local trained volunteer stakeholders.

Findings and recommendations from the 2015 and 2016 EDS public grading events helped CCGs to develop three new Equality Objectives from November 2015 to May 2016. The E&I Strategy sets out how CCGs will jointly deliver on these Objectives, as well as meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). EDS grading reports are available to view or download from our EDS webpages and are also available in Easy Read format (EDS Easy Read). An annual EDS action plan has also been developed from findings and recommendations to CCGs and is monitored by the Joint Organisational Development Committee (ODC).

Feedback was received on the E&I Strategy up until September 2016 and governing body approval was given by both CCGs at the February 2017 Governing Board meeting in common.