We produce guidance and quality standards to help reduce health inequalities, to improve access to healthcare and to encourage health improvement.

We are committed to promoting equality in all aspects of our work. 

We are committed to eliminating discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity, and fostering good relations, as required by the Equality Act 2010, and to complying with the Human Rights Act 1998. 

Equalities report 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

What did we aim to achieve?

Our current equality objectives aim to increase the proportion of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups who:

  • apply to join our committees
  • are employed on senior grades (band 7 or above).

How did we get on in 2018 to 2019?

Committee membership

In the annual survey of committee members:

  • the proportion of respondents from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups has increased each year over the past 4 surveys
  • almost a third of lay members who responded identified themselves as disabled.


  • The proportion of staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in senior roles (band 7 and above) increased.
  • We achieved the Disability Confident Employer standard.
  • We improved our use of social media and created recruitment videos and blogs featuring existing staff to encourage a diverse range of people to apply for our jobs.
  • We redesigned our recruitment and selection training with more focus on diversity, inclusion and understanding unconscious bias.
  • We appointed a dedicated in-house recruitment manager who is reviewing recruitment processes to encourage people from a broad range of backgrounds to apply for vacancies.

What else have we done?

  • We continue to look at how guidance could affect different protected groups.
  • We have redesigned our committee recruitment web pages.
  • We are Stonewall Diversity Champions.
  • We have signed the Time to Change pledge to end mental health discrimination.

Read the full 2018 to 2019 annual equality report (Word).