Equality and diversity: Equality Delivery System (EDS)

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) has been developed by the Department of Health in full consultation with NHS organisations and has been endorsed by Government. It provides a national framework for improving equality performance in the NHS and provides a means by which NHS organisations can ensure their compliance with the Equality Act (2010).

The EDS requires UHS, in collaboration with key stakeholders (patients, staff, healthcare commissioners and the general public) to analyse and grade our performance against the following four set equality objectives, and to identify any shortfalls in performance and develop appropriate action plans to address these shortfalls.

  • Better health outcomes for all
  • Improved patient access and experience
  • Empowered, engaged and inclusive staff
  • Inclusive leadership

The Trust’s assessment and EDS action plans will be taken into consideration by the Care Quality Commission as part of their assessment process for registration of NHS healthcare provider organisations.

The EDS is currently in its infancy and plans are in place for full implementation by April 2012, by which time UHS will have carried out its self assessment against the four objectives, identified any shortfalls and have developed an action plan to address these. 

UHS intends to engage key stakeholders in this process as fully as possible and will publish evidence of our assessment, grading and any actions plans on this public website so that members of the public may comment on and contribute to the development of our plans