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.