Equality Delivery System
In August 201, the Trust made a
commitment to implement the NHS Equality
Delivery System (EDS) with effect from April 2012. The EDS
has been designed to deliver better outcomes for patients and to
help NHS organisations to meet both the public sector Equality Duty
and the Specific Duties of the public sector Equality Duty.
The EDS will also help NHS organisations to
- equality aspects of the NHS Constitution
- equality aspects of the NHS Outcomes
- equality aspects of CQC's Essential Standards
- equality aspects of the Human Resources Transition
Implementing the NHS Equality Delivery
System within the Trust
The EDS is all about making positive
differences to healthy living and working lives by providing
services and workplaces that are personal, fair and diverse. The
purpose is to drive up the equality performance of the organisation
and embed equality into mainstream business.
The needs and circumstances for service users,
carers, communities and staff from protected
groups and disadvantaged groups can be distinct and specific.
In providing quality services and workforce environments that are
appropriate and effective for all, organisations should prioritise
and promote equality. This makes sense on many levels as the
majority of patients, carers and staff will have at least five or
more characteristics protected by the Equality
Over the next four years the Trust will
use the EDS as a tool to progress equality across the Trust and to
establish equality objectives. We have published
report of our Equality Delivery System grading and objective setting process.
The Trust reviews progress towards the objectives, and reviews
the objectives themselves in the light of this, annually. We do
this with a group of diverse stakeholders, including patients,
partners and governors. The report of the
2013 review has been published.
If you would like to know more about the
grading process or be involved in working with us in future please
contact Angela.Rayner@secamb.nhs.uk .
Telephone 01737 363858, SMS/text:07771
958085 or Textphone (via TextRelay) 18001 01737 363858.
Fax: 01737 363881