Equality and Diversity is central to the work of Bedfordshire CCG, as it is to the NHS. We want to ensure there is equality of access and treatment for all people to the services that we commission, both as a matter of fairness and as an essential part of our drive to reduce health inequalities and increase the health and wellbeing of all our population.
We are committed to embedding equality and diversity values and into our policies, procedures, employment practice and the commissioning processes that secure health and social care services.
We are committed to embedding equality and diversity into our work and through our contracts and partnerships with providers we are supporting them to tackle inequities and barriers to services for patients.
The Equality Act 2010 set out new responsibilities for public bodies, including Bedfordshire CCG, and the Act underpins all our work on Equality and Diversity.
Read a summary of the way the Act affects the NHS and you as a patient.
Find out more about the Public Sector Equality Duty which provides the framework for our equality and diversity work.
In January 2015 we published an Equality and Diversity Strategy 2015-18 and Action Plan 2015. Progress against the action plan can be found here.
We have published (April 2016) a review of our strategy and our action plan for 2016-18 available here.
Read more about our measures and plans for effective communication and public involvement, which help underpin our efforts to ensure equality and diversity is at the heart of all we do.
To read more about how we use and publish data to help us to improve our work and meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 click here.