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NHS Equality Delivery System

The Trust has adopted the NHS Equality Delivery System as the framework to help us achieve compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty set out in the Equality Act 2010.  The Trusts’ approach to EDS is one of continuous improvement therefore is subject to change. 

To comply with this duty, the Trust must demonstrate due regard in the exercise of its functions to the nine protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

At the heart of the EDS is a set of 18 outcomes grouped into four goals. These outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and Boards. It is against these outcomes that performance is analysed and graded, and equality objectives and associated action determined.

Better health outcomes for all

Improved patient access and experience

Empowered, engaged and well-supported staff

Inclusive leadership at all levels

The Trust’s initial self assessment published in March 2012 and involved gathering evidence for each of the goals and outcomes from across the organisation.  Our self assessment was updated in June 2013. 

Further information about the Equality Delivery System can be found on the NHS England website.  

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