Equality and Diversity


Islington Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to Equality and Diversity - we wish to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for our entire population. We are also legally bound to set an Equality Objective which looks at addressing a needs' gap for one or more of the nine protected characteristics. To help us do this we engaged with key groups across the voluntary and community sector, as well as being informed by the extensive analysis work which goes into the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Please see the report in the right hand links which sets out our four Equality Objectives, and the engagement report.

Additionally, to ensure we support our staff to meet accessible information standards, and to ensure we communicate effectively with the diverse range of groups living in Islington, the CCG has an accessible information policy – which provides our staff with best practice guidance around communicating with our population.

Equality Delivery System (EDS2)

The Equality Delivery System (EDS2) is a national best practice toolkit that helps NHS organisations, like CCGs, to monitor and improve the services they commission for local communities. The purpose of the EDS is to help NHS organisations to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010.

The following video provides further information about the EDS2 and explains why it’s so important for NHS organisations to use EDS2 to help make continuous improvements in delivering fair services for patients and staff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zONcJhVKug 

EDS2 has four key goals, which underpin our work to improve how people from different groups/ protected characteristics are treated as service users, carers and employees. These are:

  1. Better health outcomes for all
  2. Improved patient access and experience
  3. Empowered, engaged and well supported staff
  4. Inclusive leadership

The EDS2 outcomes in full can be found on NHS England's website (page 7 onwards).     

The EDS2 is used in every NHS organisation in England, which means that wherever you go for NHS services they will be working towards the same set of equality and human rights goals. 

How we use EDS2

Islington CCG uses EDS2 for various areas of our work to improve equity in terms of access to services and outcomes for patients.

Every year review and grade how we are delivering EDS2 throughout our commissioning, engagement and staff recruitment practices with our stakeholders. You can download our EDS2 grading documents from the right hand side of this page.

Workforce Race Equality Standard