Equality & Diversity

Everyone in Stockport is likely to use NHS services at some point in their life, whether it be visiting your local GP, asking the pharmacist for advice on cold and flu medication, visiting the school dentist, or using our stop smoking services.

At NHS Stockport 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.

Although health overall is improving, we know that unacceptable inequalities persist between different communities in Stockport:

  • People living in Bramhall are likely to live ten years longer than people living in Brinnington
  • Women are more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer, but men are more likely to die from it
  • South Asians are 50% more likely to die of coronary heart disease than the white population
  • African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer
  • Our lesbian, gay and bisexual community are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression
  • And women with learning disabilities are 4 times less likely to go for breast cancer screening.

Our Commitment

NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to equality of opportunity. We want to ensure that every member of the community has:

  • equal access to our services
  • equally high standards of care & health
  • equal opportunities to work with us
  • protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • an equally strong voice in our decision making….

…..regardless of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sexual Orientation

Public Sector Equality Duty

Each year, the CCG publishes equality information to show what we are doing to:

  • Eliminate discrimination in healthcare
  • Reduce inequalities in health
  • Remove any barriers faced by certain community groups in accessing healthcare
  • Encourage people who are less likely to access our services to take advantage of the health benefits they can offer
  • Foster good relations between different community groups by tackling prejudices.

The data published will include information on:

  • Diversity in our community
  • Diversity within our workforce
  • How we have assessed the impact of our decisions on equality
  • and specific work undertaken to reduce inequalities.

To view our annual publications, click here.

Ensuring Equality through our Decision Making

We want to be sure that the decisions we take make a real, positive difference to the lives of people in Stockport.

An equality Impact Assessment is undertaken on major strategies, policies and changes to services to ensure that they do not have a differential impact on any community group.

To view our EIA Register, click here.

Interpretation & Translation Services

To improve access to our services, NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group has established interpretation and translation services for patients whose first language is not English and those who need additional communication support.

Foreign language and British Sign Language interpretation is available free for charge for all medical appointments. Interpretation should be arranged when you book your healthcare appointment.

To view our Interpretation & Translation Policy click on the following link –

The NHS has translated a number of documents, including Consent Forms and health information leaflets, into a range of languages. To find health information in your language http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/DH_4123594“>click here.

NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group has developed health information videos in Sign Language and Easy read leaflets. To view these resources, click here.

Public Sector Equality Duty Publications

Each year, we will publish information to show what we are doing to:

  • Eliminate discrimination in healthcare
  • Reduce inequalities in health
  • Remove any barriers faced by certain community groups in accessing healthcare
  • Encourage people who are less likely to access our services to take advantage of the health benefits they can offer
  • Foster good relations between different community groups by tackling prejudices.

 The data published will include information on:

  • Diversity in our community
  • Diversity within our workforce
  • How we have assessed the impact of our decisions on equality
  • and specific work undertaken to reduce inequalities.

 January 2017 Report

Archived Reports click: here.

Equality Impact Assessment Register

We want to be sure that the decisions we take make a real, positive difference to the lives of people in Stockport.

Below, you can read our Equality Impact Assessments of NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group strategies, services, projects and policies:

British Sign Language Resources

NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group has developed 16 health information videos in Sign Language:

Easy Read resources:

Other: