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Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity is central to the work of Bedfordshire CCG, as it is to the NHS.  We want to ensure there is equality of access and treatment for all people to the services that we commission, both as a matter of fairness and as an essential part of our drive to reduce health inequalities and increase the health and wellbeing of all our population.

We are committed to embedding equality and diversity values and into our policies, procedures, employment practice and the commissioning processes that secure health and social care services.

We are committed to embedding equality and diversity into our work and through our contracts and partnerships with providers we are supporting them to tackle inequities and barriers to services for patients.

The Equality Act 2010 set out new responsibilities for public bodies, including Bedfordshire CCG, and the Act underpins all our work on Equality and Diversity.

Read a summary of the way the Act affects the NHS and you as a patient.

Find out more about the Public Sector Equality Duty which provides the framework for our equality and diversity work.

The CCG has published Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data for 2018/19. The WRES has been in place since 2014 for NHS Trusts and since 2017 for NHS commissioners. It was created in response to evidence of inequality of experience and opportunity between white and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff within the NHS.

The evidence presented in the current WRES demonstrates that the CCG is performing well against the national standard. Colleagues are comfortable about declaring their ethnic origin and BAME communities are well represented on the CCG payroll.



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