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What is the Equality Delivery System (EDS)?

·         The EDS is designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. The EDS is all about making positive differences to healthy living and working lives so that everyone counts.

·         The EDS is a tool for both current and emerging NHS organisations – in partnership with patients, the public, staff and staff-side organisations – to use to review their equality performance and to identify equality objectives and actions. It offers local and national reporting and accountability mechanisms.

·         At the heart of the EDS is a set of 18 outcomes grouped into four goals. These outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and Boards. It is against these outcomes that performance is analysed, graded and action determined.

The four EDS goals are:

·              Better health outcomes for all

·              Improved patient access and experience

·              Empowered, engaged and included staff

·              Inclusive leadership at all levels

Results of EDS Grading Process

By using the EDS, we will be able to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and be better placed to meet the registration requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The EDS helps the NHS to deliver on:

·         the NHS Outcomes framework

·         the right and pledges of the NHS Constitution for patients and staff

·         improving health inequalities/ outcomes and reducing gaps.

In 2012 People from Cumbria were involved in grading the four NHS organisations in Cumbria against the four EDS goals. The grading process highlighted specific areas for development which have formed the basis of the Equality Objectives.

The attached  Equality Delivery System Self-Assessment report| gives more information on the results of the grading process. 

Read the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) Interim Report December 2017|

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