Equality Delivery System (EDS)
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The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a framework created by the Department of Health Equality and Diversity Council to help NHS trusts deliver services that are personal, fair and diverse and work towards compliance with the Equality Act 2010.
The EDS is needed to improve outcomes for both patients and NHS staff whose experience of the NHS can be worse than the general population.
The EDS will help NHS organisations improve their understanding and respect for everyone who uses the NHS and those working for the NHS.
EDS grading of NHS Trusts
In March 2012 the Trust Board approved the use of the EDS and the new equality objectives to strengthen activity already in progress. NHS trusts are required to work with the public, to analyse how inclusive services are provided for patients, and with NHS employees, to enable easy access for all sectors of the population.
Having analysed progress, a grade is proposed and agreed by the Public Panel.
For the Oxford University Hospitals this exercise was carried out in February to early March 2012, and the summary below reports on the conclusive grades.
The exercise gave the opportunity to work in partnership with other NHS trusts and volunteers from the general public.
The analysis highlighted key gaps for the organisation and contributed to the formation of the equality objectives for the next four years. One of the activities is to improve the demographic data collected for both patients and employees, in order to be able to obtain a more robust analysis for improved planning of services.
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EDS2 (Equality and Diversity System 2) 2016
In 2016 the Trust held its EDS2 assessment, an updated version of EDS held in 2012.
This document is a summary report of the Trust's grading and the evidence it used in its 2016 EDS2 assessment.
This document is important because staff and patients were asked to grade the evidence presented by the Trust. The grades show that the Trust is doing well in some areas, but needs to make some key improvements.
These grades are the basis of the Trust's high level equality, diversity and inclusion objectives and a supporting action plan which will be implemented over four years.
No further action is required by the public; however, if you would like to be involved in future equality and diversity work, please contact the Patient Experience Team to be updated with opportunities as they arise.
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