Equality and Diversity

Anna Hargrave is responsible for Equality & Diversity at NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

South Warwickshire CCG Equality and Diversity Documents

In meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) to publish information the CCG has collected the following evidence which should provide an understanding of how the CCG is approaching equality, diversity and inclusion in its activities.

CCG commitment to the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) 

Implementation of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a requirement for NHS commissioner and NHS provider organisations. 

NHS South Warwickshire CCG employs less than 150 members of staff, and therefore is not required to produce detailed staff profiles by protected characteristics. This protects the privacy of our employees as any profiles of protected characteristics would allow individuals to be identified.

In fulfilling its legal duties, the CCG has committed to having due regard to the WRES, and is using it as a force for driving change, both as an employer and as a commissioner of services. It is doing this through its annual WRES action plan. 

Now that the CCG is in its third year of WRES reporting, we are keen to share more information about the progress we are making in ensuring that people from a BME background have the same opportunities to develop and progress at work as all our staff. 

WRES Data Development 

The small sample size means that we should not draw too many conclusions from the data that we gathered from 2017/18.  However, it is worth noting that:

  • Self-reporting of ethnicity among all staff is excellent and stands at nearly 98% of the workforce, up from just over 90% last year;
  • Self-reporting has improved among Governing Body members. Last year, we were unable to collect information around Governing Body ethnicity but this year more than four in five Governing Body members have recorded their ethnicity.

However, there is still a gap between the proportion of BME job candidates making it through to interview and those being offered a job. We intend to use our refreshed WRES Action Plan to address this concern. But it is important to emphasise that all of the CCG’s internal workforce policies have been developed in line with current legislative requirements, including the Equality Act 2010. 

WRES Action Plan 

We are about to start the second year of a three year action plan. The first year was designed to focus on the processes and policies of the CCG to ensure that they support all job candidates and staff regardless of ethnic background. Key achievements include all staff completing equality and diversity training. Training for Governing Body members takes place later this year and will ensure that they understand their duty under the WRES as CCG leaders.

We have also started researching how other organisations have developed their recruitment processes to ensure more BME candidates are successful at interview and we are considering the value of unconscious bias training for our managers.  

Trade Union FacilitiesTime

South Warwickshire CCG, due to its size and the nature of its business will grant time off on an ‘as and when required’ basis but due to the low levels of union membership most support provided to employees who are union members is provided by local full time officials.

CCG Modern Slavery Act & Human Trafficking Statement 

NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (the “CCG”) is an NHS organisation set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organise the delivery of NHS services in England.

The CCG:

  • is committed to the highest level of ethical standards and sound governance arrangements and sets high standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the stewardship of public funds and the management of its activities;
  • adopts zero tolerance to corruption and bribery and this policy is endorsed by our Governing Body; and
  • fully supports the government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking;
  • calls upon all organisations we engage with to influence their global supply chains by improving transparency and accountability; and together we can help the government eradicate the injustice and brutality of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Our annual report will provide information to supplement this statement, including details of our activities and supply chains and actions we are taking to support the Government.

If you would like to submit an enquiry, please email the Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights Team, at: equality@ardengemcsu.nhs.uk    

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