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Equality Delivery System

Equality Delivery System (EDS2)

The Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) framework is a national tool developed for the NHS by the NHS to aid the delivery of personal, fair and diverse services. The EDS2 is a quality improvement driver for staff and patient services. It plays an important role in helping us to evidence work to demonstrate compliance with our statutory Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) - Equality Act (2010) to cover 9 protected characteristics.

We have adopted the national Equality Delivery System (EDS2) and developed an Equality Standard to help us respond positively to our legal, regulatory and commissioner requirements.

An inclusive workplace culture and environment

We want to enable all our staff to be fully involved in the Trust’s work, to protect them from unfair treatment and ensure each individual can reach their potential. Our equality objectives aim to embed equality and diversity throughout the organisation and continue to identify innovative ways to promote an inclusive workplace culture for all our staff.

Our workforce data forms part of the equality information we collate, monitor and publish to help us meet our responsibilities under the duty and ensure equality considerations are reflected in our employment practices and policies.

Our equality objectives are as follows:

1 – Better health outcomes for all

2 – Improved patient access and experience

3 – Empowered, engaged and well supported staff

4 – Inclusive leadership at all levels

More information about the EDS2 Strategy can be found on the NHS England website here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/eds-nov131.pdf

Patient, workforce and customer involvement is central to everything we do. We will ensure our EDS2 journey involves everyone in everything we do.

Our latest EDS2 report can be found here.