Everyone in Surrey is likely to use NHS services at some point in their life, whether it is visiting their local GP, asking the pharmacist for advice on cold and flu medication or visiting a hospital.

At NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group we believe that whoever you are and whatever your health needs you should receive a high quality service every time you walk through our doors. Working closely with two other CCGs in the Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, we commission care for more than 850,000 people in the local area and we’re dedicated to providing the best care for our local population.

What is equality and diversity? Why is it important?

Equality is a legal principle to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity to people and groups. The Equality Act 2010 defines this protection based on protected characteristics. These are: Race, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.

Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to enable them to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all who work to take forward the vision of the CCG. 

We’re committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity. We do this in the way we commission healthcare services and by developing a diverse and well supported workforce, which reflects the population we serve. As a CCG, we are fully committed to:

  • Making sure that the health care services we commission are fully accessible and maximise health outcomes for all
  • Providing working environments that are free from discrimination and where there is equality of opportunity
  • Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not

How do we do this? And what have we done so far?  

Every year the CCG has a legal responsibility to publish a report outlining our work on this important agenda. See below for details of our publications.

We know how important it is for every resident of Surrey to have equal access to NHS services. We are committed to engaging with diverse communities across the local area to ensure the services we commission are accessible to all. 

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How do the decisions we make and the services we commission affect people who share different protected characteristics? As a public sector organisation, the CCG must publish information to show our compliance with the Equality Duty.

You can find the latest report pdf here (1.75 MB)

You can also read more about the work of the CCG and our performance in our annual report for 2017-2018 pdf here (2.57 MB) .  

We are updating our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy for 2019 and beyond soon, so keep an eye on this page for more information.