The Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is an equality performance framework.  It was rolled out to the NHS in July 2011 and formally launched by Sir David Nicholson in November 2011.  It provides a framework to annually measure evidence for 18 required equality outcomes, across four key goals (two for service delivery and two for workforce issues).  It should also provide robust evidence of how organisations are meeting their public sector equality duties.

The public will be involved in measuring this evidence every two years to ensure we are complying with our equality duties as a CCG.

The design and implementation of the EDS was independently evaluated in November 2012.  Based on this evaluation and discussions with a selection of NHS organisations, it was proposed to refresh the EDS.

The refreshed EDS is known as "EDS2".  It includes a core set of outcomes and a more streamlined grading system; organisations should use it flexibly and embrace key local health inequalities.  EDS2 was released to the NHS during early autumn 2013.

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.