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Equality Delivery System (EDS)

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has implemented the Equality Delivery System (now EDS2) launched by the Department of Health in 2011. The EDS is a tool to drive up equality performance and embed equality into mainstream NHS business.

The EDS is a public commitment of how NHS Organisations plan to meet the needs and wishes of local people and staff, and meet the duties placed on them by the Equality Act 2010.  It also sets out how, they recognise the differences between people, and how they aim to make sure that any gaps and inequalities are identified and addressed.

The EDS is split into four measurable areas:

1. Better Health Outcomes for all
2. Improved patient access and experience
3. Empowered, engaged and well supported staff
4. Inclusive leadership at all levels

Against these four areas there are a set of 18 outcomes.  These range from service quality to how staff, are managed in the Trust. 

Wherever you go for NHS services you will find organisations now working to the same set of goals around equality, diversity and human rights.

How does it work?

It works by ensuring that all of the work of the Trust is benefiting protected groups in different ways.  It is also about creating a system where our stakeholders are the ones that are assessing our performance rather than the Trust doing a simple self assessment.  This includes us providing lots of detailed evidence to our stakeholders who then get together to discuss how we are doing.

The design and implementation of the EDS was independently evaluated by Shared Intelligence in 2012. A refreshed, streamlined ‘EDS2’ is now available as a result. The findings of Shared Intelligence will form a part of the ongoing review of the Public Sector Equality Duty, being led by the Government Equality Office.

From April 2015, EDS2 implementation by NHS provider organisations was made mandatory in the NHS standard contract. EDS2 implementation is explicitly cited within the CCG Assurance Framework and embedded within the CQC new inspection regime for hospitals.  

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics refer to all the different groups of people that are covered under the Equality Act 2010 – the main piece of legislation that protects people from discrimination in the UK.  These are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity/Race
  • Sex
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage & Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Religion & Beliefs
  • Sexual Orientation

What are the benefits?

The introduction of the EDS will help to recognise, encourage and highlight the undoubted good practice and evidence that already exists at the Trust but at the same time ensure there is better or consistent engagement with our local communities, any gaps are identified and addressed and become more reflective of the community it serves at all grades and positions.

How are we doing? Have your say on our 2018 Assessment
In March 2018 the Trust undertook its 7th assessment of performance against the EDS (every year organisations are required to assess progress against the EDS and score themselves accordingly).

Following NHS England guidance, WWL has chosen to narrow its focus to reviewing a small number of outcomes each year – these are reviewed annually to ensure we look at all outcomes over a period of time.

WWL are keen to hear your thoughts and opinions on the performance of the Trust and for you to contribute to the grading of our Equality Delivery System.

For service delivery, the following 2 outcomes for Goals 1 and 2 were selected for review:

Goal 1 Outcome 1.5 Screening, vaccination and other health promotion services reach and benefit all local communities
Goal 2 Outcome 2.3 People report positive experiences of the NHS

To view our Proposed Grades and Supporting Evidence for Goals 1 and 2 click here.

Do you agree with our grading - Please complete the on-line survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8CP2VRG 

How are we doing? – 2017 Update
Over the past year, the Trust has been working hard to implement the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS2).

In March 2017 the Trust undertook its sixth assessment of performance against the EDS (incorporating the Trust’s Equality objectives) and obtained feedback from key stakeholders. An action plan has been developed to address gaps & areas for improvement.

 Find out more about our EDS Scores for 2017
 View our EDS 2017 Services Evidence Report
 View our BME Diabetes Patient Experience Survey 2017

Our EDS Action Plan for 2017/18 has been updated to reflect the actions outstanding from 2016/17 and to incorporate the new actions which have arisen from the 2017 EDS assessment.

How are we doing? – 2016 Update

In March 2016 the Trust undertook its fifth assessment of performance against the EDS (incorporating the Trust’s Equality objectives) and obtained feedback from key stakeholders. An action plan has been developed to address gaps & areas for improvement.  
   
PDF Document Find out more about our EDS Scores for 2016

External weblink Find out more about the EDS  

PDF Document View our EDS 2016 Services Evidence Report 

PDF Document View our EDS 2016 Patient Feedback Survey Report 

Our EDS Action Plan for 2016/17 has been updated to reflect the actions outstanding from 2015/16 and to incorporate the new actions which have arisen from the 2016 EDS assessment. 

How are we doing? - 2015 Update

In March 2015 the Trust undertook its fourth assessment of performance against the EDS (incorporating the Trust Equality objectives) and obtained feedback from key stakeholders. An action plan has been developed to address gaps & areas for improvement. 
  
 PDF Document Find out more about our EDS Scores for 2015

External weblink Find out more about the EDS 

 PDF Document View our EDS 2015 Services Evidence Report

 PDF Document View our EDS 2015 Employment Evidence Report

 PDF Document View our EDS 2015 Patient Feedback Survey Report

Our EDS Action Plan for 2015/16 has been updated to reflect the actions outstanding from 2014/15 and to incorporate the new actions which have arisen from the 2015 EDS assessment.