Equality and diversity

We’re committed to ensuring that everyone has equal access to high-quality services and care, regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Our legal responsibilities are set out in the Equality Act 2010. We work closely with patients, providers, staff and voluntary organisations to help reduce inequalities and eliminate any discrimination within our services and working environments.

Our equality objectives

    In April 2018, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs merged to form a single organisation. Our equality objectives as a new organisation are in the process of being agreed and will be published as part of our new equality and diversity strategy in due course. 

    In the meantime, you can read the equality objectives that were set for Bristol CCG, North Somerset CCG and South Gloucestershire CCG in the individual strategies below.

    Equality annual reporting

    As a public authority, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG is required to publish information to demonstrate that we comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. 

    Our new equality annual report for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG will be published in due course. In the meantime,  you can read the equality individual annual reports for Bristol CCG and North Somerset CCG, and equality information for South Gloucestershire CCG below.

    Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)

    EIAs help us to analyse the effect of a proposed policy, practice or service so that we can ensure we’re not discriminating against certain groups of people. We undertake an EIA for all relevant developments. 

    Read our Equality Impact Assessments.

    Disability confident

    We have a disability confident scheme through our previous organisation identities for Bristol CCG and South Gloucestershire CCG and we are working towards a new scheme for our new merged bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG organisation. 

    Through the Disability Confident scheme, we are working with Job Centre Plus to:

    • challenge attitudes towards disability
    • increase understanding of disability
    • remove barriers to disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment
    • ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations.

    We will track the progress we make on the scheme through our Equality and Diversity Action Plan.

    NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS2)

    The Equality Delivery System is a national toolkit that helps us to provide better working practices and environments, free of discrimination. We use the EDS2 to help set our equality objectives as required by the Public Sector Equality Duty.

    It helps us to understand how well we are responding to the equality issues that matter most to patients and staff. It also tracks our performance against national benchmarks, including the NHS Outcomes Framework and Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidance.

    Visit the NHS England website for more information about the NHS Equality Delivery System

    Accessible communications

    If you need any of our published information in another language or format (such as Easy Read, Braille, CD or audio tape) contact us.

    When you book an appointment with your Dentist, GP or Optician, let them know about any difficulties you have with speaking or understanding English or if you require a British Sign Language interpreter. All healthcare providers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are able to provide the relevant interpretation services, either over the telephone or face-to-face. Please note that it might take a few days for a face-to-face interpreter to be available.