Equality Reference Group


If you’re passionate about equality & diversity in health services this is the group for you! Members of the group work alongside us on equality & diversity matters by providing advice, feedback, ideas and scrutiny. Our aim is for the group to represent the different protected characteristics. Our members are all residents, patients and people from voluntary community groups who have something to contribute and a genuine desire to work with us. The Equality Reference Group plays a role in assuring the CCG around it’s equality analysis work and the work done to reach diverse, potentially excluded and disadvantaged groups. The group will input into and review Equality Impact Assessments.

Why join us?

We’ve achieved lots since our first meeting in May 2019, take a look below:

Equality Reference Group – May – Oct achievements

Easy Read ERG 2020 achievements

Easy Read ERG 2021 Achievements

Debra’s testimony

“There are many blessings to being a volunteer with the NHS. I have always believed if you want to make a positive change to the services, we all rely on, then you must put the effort in to let your voice be heard. The Equality Reference Group does that. We as a collective group come together to advise the NHS on how to included every character in the human race and to respect their choices, no matter what that maybe. As it stands, we follow the law – and sometimes pioneer the law – to include everyone with dignity and respect. If you want to make a positive difference to how your services are delivered, we would love you to join us. Everyone is welcome, with no judgement on how YOU see the world you live in. It doesn’t take up too much time either, just a couple of hours every few weeks. (via video link – all training will be given). The more the public have their say, the more influence you can have on how the NHS is run. And Personally – it gives me a purpose in life to make a positive difference to a human society.”

For more information please see our Terms of Reference below:

ED Ref Group – Terms of Reference

How to get involved:

You will need to complete a quick application form for us to review.

Click here to complete an online application form.

Or you can download a paper copy of the form below:

ED Ref Group Application Form

This form can be posted back to us at:


Wigan Borough CCG, Wigan Life Centre,

College Avenue, WN1 1NJ


The group will meet on a regular basis and we will give feedback about how members are making a difference to the equality & diversity agenda! Keep an eye out here for minutes and feedback.

Different formats:

If you would like help understanding this information, or need it in a different format (large print, easy read or braille, for example), please contact us on 01942 482711 or shapeyournhs@wiganboroughccg.nhs.uk

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