​​Equality and diversity​ 

NHS Southwark CCG commitment to equality and diversity


We are committed to promoting equality, diversity and human rights for Southwark people.  As part of that commitment, we have made equality and human rights “everyone’s business” and developed an Equality and Diversity Strategy together with a comprehensive annual Action Plan to integrate equality and human rights into everything we do.

Our commissioning processes are also grounded in the human rights principles known as “the FREDA Principles”. This means that commissioning decisions about care pathways for Southwark people will be subject to:

  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Equality
  • Dignity
  • Autonomy

Why equality and diversity is important to Southwark CCG


Apart from the moral and business case, the key drivers for integrating equality, diversity and human rights outcomes into all aspects of commissioning, service access and delivery, employment practice, engagement and involvement are:
  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Equality Act 2010, which includes the nine Protected characteristics and the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
  • The NHS Constitution
  • The Equality Delivery System (EDS) framework for the NHS
The nine protected characteristics are defined as:
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership 
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race (this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • Religion or Belief (this includes lack of belief)
  • Sex (male & female)
  • Sexual Orientation

Measuring our equality and diversity progress


As part of our commitment to promoting equality and reducing health inequalities, the CCG has consolidated its approach in this area by using the Equality Delivery System (EDS2), which is an equality and health inequalities reporting framework for the NHS. EDS2 measures progress against four goals (better health outcomes, improved patient access and experience, a representative and supported workforce and inclusive leadership) and 18 outcomes. 

Read the EDS2 2016/17 summary report.


In 2015 the CCG conducted a comprehensive EDS2 self-assessment on all the goals. To seek external assurance of our approach  the CCG held an equality and human rights stakeholders’ workshop focusing on goals one and two in December 2015.

Read the workshop report


Our equality objectives  


In April 2012 we set ourselves some challenging 4-year equality objectives, particularly in the present economic and budgetary constraints. Our objectives are compliant with the Public Sector Equality Duty. With the help of our dedicated workforce, stakeholders, providers, partners and local community organisations, we have made good progress on these equality objectives. Our progress and compliance report (January 2017) on the equality objectives can be found in the equalities section on our publications page along with previous progress reports.