Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2)

A Refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was rolled out to the NHS in July 2011, formally launched in November 2011 and is currently being implemented by the vast majority of NHS organisations across England.

Consultation is underway (October 2014) on the system becoming mandatory for all NHS commissioner and provider organisations.

The design and implementation of the EDS was independently evaluated by Shared Intelligence in 2012 and, based on this evaluation and subsequent engagement with a spread of NHS organisations and stakeholders, a refreshed EDS is now available called EDS2.

The main purpose of the Delivery System is to help local NHS organisations and their partners, in discussion with local stakeholders, review and improve their equality performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. By using the EDS, NHS organisations can also be helped to deliver on the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).

EDS2 is more streamlined and simpler to use than the original and is aligned to NHS England’s commitment to an inclusive NHS that is fair and accessible to all.

The Government’s Equality Strategy ‘Building a fairer Britain’ is underpinned by the two principles of equal treatment and equal opportunity.

By eliminating prejudice and discrimination, the NHS can deliver services that are personal, fair and diverse and a society that is healthier and happier. For the NHS, this means making it more accountable to the patients it serves and tackling discrimination in the work place.

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