What is the Equality Delivery System?
The Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) is part of the NHS Contract and provides a valuable framework to help assess how well equality and diversity and human rights is considered and worked towards in NHS organisations.
The Equality Delivery System is the first time that the NHS has introduced a systematic framework relating to equality, diversity and human rights. It was launched in November 2011 and is a whole systems approach that will capture the essence and spirit of the Equality Act 2010 and the Health and Social Care Bill by focussing less on process and more on outcomes. In November 2013 the EDS was updated and EDS2 became the new framework for the NHS to use.
How are we implementing the Equality Delivery System 2?
The Trust’s board agreed the implementation of the original system at its September 2011 Board meeting, and has reviewed progress on an annual basis. The system has four goals with a set of outcomes under each
The Trust’s Patient Experience, Engagement and Equality Group meets quarterly. It is co-chaired by the Chief Nurse and the Director of Workforce, OD and Communications and provides the board with assurance that the Trust is making progress against its Equality Objectives, in line with EDS2.
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