NHS Wandsworth CCG's 'Thinking Partners Group' (TPG) is a group tasked with working with the CCG to provide creative, sensitive and innovated answers to Equality, Diversity and Health inequality issues. Meeting bi-monthly It is made up of Community and Patient representatives from across a broad spectrum of Protected Characteristics
A Thinking Partner is a non CCG employee with experience in promoting Equalities and Diversity, an interest in supporting the equality and diversity agenda within Wandsworth CCG and who wants to work constructively with the local NHS to improve health and health services. Thinking Partners can ask difficult questions and help explore the difficult answers. Each Thinking Partner is able to contribute their knowledge, expertise and past and present experience or understanding of statutory requirements and legislative duties. By focussing the membership on Equality and Diversity, the group brings an understanding of the issues because they have experienced them, are part of a particular culture or background or have worked with other people who have experienced similar issues.
A major objective of the group is to support the development of Equality Objectives for the CCG. These objectives form the basis of our plans for E& D over the coming years. The TPG also brings together those community organisations in receipt of a "Community and Seldom Heard Group grant", as one requirement of the grant scheme is to promote dialogue between community organisations and the CCG.
 The Equality Act covers exactly the same groups of individuals that were protected by the previous legislation. However, the headings of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity are now to be known as 'protected characteristics'.