Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network

If you are interested in getting involved with the Network, or would like further information on the meetings, please email SUNCCG.sccg@nhs.net  or call 0191 5128458.

About the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network (EDIN)

The CCG works closely with partners and people who have an interest in equality, diversity, and inclusion issues, and who are able to represent the views of different communities in Sunderland. EDIN also provides assurance to the CCG on their involvement and engagement activities.

The CCG regularly engages and communicates with voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSOs) in Sunderland through a ‘virtual’ Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Network. We regularly email out information for VCSOs to share with their service users, and ask VCSOs to get involved in our consultation and engagement activities.

In addition, we hold quarterly Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion face-to-face meetings.

More information about the Equality and Diversity group can be found in the Equality & Diversity Group – Terms of Reference – 2019 Final

February 2020  – Tuesday 4th February 2 -4pm (Bede Tower, Sunderland SR2 7EA) 

The CCG will hold an event with EDIN to co-design their Patient and Public Involvement Strategy.  See agenda for full details

March 2020 – date to be confirmed – Path to Excellence Workshop

The Path to Excellence programme is committed to engaging with members of the community, including those affected by health and social inequalities. The programme uses a range of inclusive approaches and methods to engage, and would like to hold a workshop with EDIN to gather the Networks views.

The path to excellence programme has developed working ideas around potential changes to hospital services which have been published and shared widely. This is part of the process for developing proposals for change that would be subject to a full formal public consultation in the future.

Most recently, the programme have been working with a number of community and voluntary organisations who are helping the NHS target and involve key groups of people who may be more impacted by changes to hospital services, in order to help appraise the working ideas. The programme has made funding, training and a focus group tool kit available to voluntary organisations in order for them to carry out involvement work themselves (asset based approach).

This is an important element of influencing the final ideas that will tested through formal public consultation.

In the March 2020 meeting of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Network will hear from the programme on:

  • The process being followed for equality impact on the path to excellence working ideas
  • The feedback from equality groups gained to date
  • A practical demonstration of the asset based approach – training on how to deliver a focus group

 There will also be the opportunity to influence how the programme builds upon it’s equality work for the public consultation phase.


Papers from previous meetings can be found below: