Equality, diversity and inclusion

NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to promoting equality and diversity for the people of south east London. As part of that commitment, we are making equality and human rights everyone’s business within the CCG.

Our commissioning processes are underpinned by human rights principles. This means that commissioning decisions will be subject to fairness; respect; equality; dignity; and autonomy. We also have leadership roles for equality and diversity which sit on our Governing Body to ensure that it is championed at the highest levels.

These and other leaders will be focused on both equality and diversity related to the services that we commission, and for our staff – who are our greatest asset.We are establishing an equalities committee which will support this critical agenda, and this will report directly into the Governing Body.

Please read our joint statement from the CCG’s clinical chair and accountable officer on discrimination, inequality and racism.

SEL CCG 2019-20 Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report and Action Plan

As part of our work to build an inclusive culture where all can achieve their potential, we are pleased to report on the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).

The NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) highlights the differences between the experience and treatment of white and black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff with the aim of closing any identified gaps.  The WRES requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against nine race equality indicators.

Evidence shows a motivated, included and valued workforce helps deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and better patient safety; it also leads to more innovative and efficient organisations.

Since 2015, the six south-east London CCGs; Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark have used the WRES to understand differences in the experience of their workforces and put in place actions to reduce these differences. 

This is SEL CCG’s first WRES report that analyses data from all six CCGs (as they were then) for the financial year April 2019-March 2020, providing a baseline against which to measure future progress.  One of the benefits of merging is we are increasingly able to share learnings across the boroughs and in doing this hope to ‘level up’ where there is an opportunity, as well as throw collective weight behind addressing some of the embedded equalities issues this data identifies.

SEL CCG 2019-20 WRES Report and Action Plan can be found here

For more information please contact the report author: Valerie Richards, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, NEL Commissioning Support Unit valerierichards@nhs.net or Annie Gardner, Head of Equality and Patient Experience, SEL CCG annie.gardner@nhs.net