The role of equality and diversity is central to Medway Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) values, processes and behaviours. We are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity in respect to the way we commission healthcare services and to develop a diverse well supported workforce which reflects the population we serve.

We aim to achieve this through proactive engagement and consultation with patients, stakeholders, partners and staff who work within our organisation.

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to meet our Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) across the range of protected groups of age, gender, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion/belief, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership and pregnancy/maternity status.

Medway CCG, as a public sector body, is required to prepare and publish Equality Objectives to meet our Specific Duty as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. Our equality objectives are aligned with our vision, values and strategic objectives.

Equality objectives

We regularly monitor performance in relation to Medway CCG Equality Objectives and will refresh these annually by using the NHS Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) as a form of self-assessment. Current equality objectives and our equality and diversity performance against them are detailed in our Annual Equality Report and our Equality and Diversity Strategy

What is the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS) The aim of the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS) is to improve equality performance of the NHS and embed equality into mainstream business process planning.  The EDS is about making improvements to the service and it places the focus on issues that matter the most for stakeholders, patients, communities and staff. It enhances engagement and transparency with effective use of evidence. For further information:

Equality Analysis

Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has a legal duty to ensure that they have complied with the equality duties, and to ensure that any decision made does not unfairly discriminate. To ensure this we carry out robust equality analysis and consult those who are involved as part of the decision-making process As well as being a legal obligation under the Public Sector Duties, equality analysis is an invaluable tool to assist Medway CCG in ensuring that the interests of all groups are properly taken into account when difficult choices about resources are required. To view completed assessments, view our publication scheme

Useful links

Government Equalities Office

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Public Health England 

Medway Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 

Kent and Medway Public Health Observatory   


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Equality and Diversity Working Group (EDWG) We have successfully established an Equality and Diversity Working Group chaired by the Company Secretary who is the Equality and Diversity Lead for Medway CCG. The group includes representatives from Quality and Safety, Commissioning, Patient Engagement, Contracting and Performance, the Lay Member for Public and Patient Involvement and local partners. We have adopted Terms of Reference for the group and meet every quarter. The purpose of this group is to monitor Medway CCG’s performance against equality objectives such as the EDS2, equality analysis and consider further actions against the Equality Strategy and associated equality plans.

Workplace Race Equality Standard 


NHS Eng­land man­dated the Work­place Race Equal­ity Stan­dard (WRES) for all NHS com­mis­sion­ers and their larger provider part­ner organ­i­sa­tions (where the com­bined con­tract value exceeds £200K pa) from April 2015.

The Workforce Race Equality Standard seeks to tackle one particular aspect of equality – the consistently less favourable treatment of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) workforce – in respect of their treatment and experience. It draws on new research about both the scale and persistence of such disadvantage and the evidence of the close links between discrimination against staff and patient care. The Standard has been developed to improve workforce race equality across the NHS. It will help to improve the opportunities, experiences and working environment for BME staff, and in doing so, help lead towards improvements in the quality of care and satisfaction for all patients.

Work­force eth­nic­ity data at 1 April 2015, and annu­ally, is gath­ered and pub­lished onto CCG and their provider part­ner organisations respec­tive web­sites by 1 July 2015 and annu­ally thereafter.

Further information about WRES can be found here.