Data and Intelligence

Monitoring Equality and Health Inequalities: A Position Paper

This position paper presents the current commonly used questions and codes for the collection of equality and health inequalities data in health and social care, and provides an update on the programme of work to develop equality data collection information standards for health and care

This paper does not represent formal guidance nor a mandate for data collections. It provides examples of how the NHS and other organisations currently collect equality and health inequalities data about local patients, service users, communities and the workforce. It has been produced for the interim period until equality data monitoring information standards are developed and rolled-out to the health and social care system.

The questions and categories given in this paper are best suited to monitoring purposes only and are not designed to contribute towards clinical decision-making. For the monitoring of equality, the paper focuses upon the nine characteristics given protection under the Equality Act 2010, plus ‘carer status’. For health inequalities it focuses on ‘postcode of residence’, ‘socio-economic factors’ and ‘educational attainment’.

Clinical Commissioning Groups Workforce Equality and Diversity Survey

During 2014, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were invited to participate in a survey to better understand the equality and diversity of the CCG workforce, including their governing body. The survey also contained optional questions on sessional GP involvement in CCG decision making and on succession planning. In the light of growing evidence about the benefits of workforce and leadership diversity, the survey results are intended to help CCGs, and the wider system, by bringing transparency and awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion across the NHS workforce.

The survey was designed to use data already available to CCGs, using information that they are required to collect anyway as part of their equality duties. The survey was first performed in 2013, the results of that survey are available to download.

Below are the results of the 2014 CCG Equality and Diversity Survey and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the survey: