Equality Reference Group
The Equality Reference Group (ERG) works with patients, voluntary sector and stakeholders, such as Healthwatch Oxfordshire, to address any equality and diversity issues in relation to patients and services.
The group is co-chaired by a patient representative whose remit is to encourage and facilitate member participation. The co-chair supports the meetings by aiding the agenda setting and forward work plan, as well as assisting with recruitment of new members of the group, ensuring wide representation from the nine protected characteristics.
The group reviews progress against OCCG's Equality and Diversity Action Plan which includes scoring on the EDS2 goals and holding OCCG to account for delivery against actions within the plan, as well as providing useful patient feedback. The ERG will work with OCCG to develop an action plan for 2018 / 2019 to move towards a rating of ‘excelling’ for EDS2 in the areas where the rating is currently ‘developing’ or ‘achieving’.