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Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2)


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The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was first made available to the NHS on 29 July 2011. It was formally launched by Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive, on 10 November 2011. The EDS is designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities, and better working environments for staff.

The EDS is a tool kit designed to help NHS organisations:

  • Meet the Public Sector Equality Duty
  • Deliver on the NHS Outcomes Framework and the NHS Constitution
  • As a public service provider, to meet the Care Quality Commission's Essential Standards of Quality and Safety.

At the heart of the EDS is a set of 18 outcomes grouped into four goals.

The goals are:

  • Better health outcomes for all
  • Improved patient access and experience
  • Empowered, engaged and included staff
  • Inclusive leadership at all levels.

 What progress have we made with the Equality Delivery System?

View Ipswich Hospital’s EDS structure.

As you will see from this structure, there are a number of groups in place which help to support and progress the Equality Delivery System. 

We have consulted on the 18 outcomes within the Equality Delivery System 2. Our assessments are available below:

PDF logo EDS2 Outcome 1 and 2 - Internal Grading Process
PDF logo EDS2 Outcomes 3 and 4 November 2014

Your comments on these are welcome, please email Sarah Higson at sarah.higson@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk or jo Wood at jo.wood@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

Information demonstrating our compliance with the Equality Duty

Ipswich Hospital collects a range of information on employees and patients. On an annual basis, this information forms the basis of an annual Equality and Diversity Monitoring Report. The follow list details the information that has been collected and reported over the past few years:

  • Age – Employment Statistics
  • Disability – Job Applicants and Employment Statistics
  • Ethnic Origin – Job Applicants, Employment Statistics, Leavers and Pay Band
  • Gender – Job Applicants, Employment Statistics, Leavers and Pay Band
  • Staff subject to Capability, Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures by Disability, Ethnic Origin and Gender
  • Patient Complaints by Disability, Ethnic Origin and Gender
  • Patient Attendances by Disability, Ethnic Origin and Gender

View our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Reports.

We recognise that we do not currently capture all of the equality information that would be useful to us.  This work is being considered as part of our progression with the Equality Delivery System. 

Where can I find out more information?

If you would like any further information on the progress The Ipswich Hospital is making in the area of equality and diversity, please click on the other links available on this site or alternatively, please contact the following:

For patient/service user queries regarding equality and diversity issues:
Sarah Higson, Patient Experience Manager, Telephone 01473 702101
Email: sarah.higson@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

For staffing queries regarding equality and diversity issues:
Jo Wood, Associate Director of Human Resources, Telephone 01473 704162
Email: jo.wood@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

Key Documents (click on the links below):

About the EDS2 for the NHS Easy Read

Treating everyone equally and fairly in the NHS Easy Read

A refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS (see pages 14 and 15 for the 9 Easy Steps)

EDS2 Summary Report Template


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