Derbyshire Healthcare is committed to delivering and promoting fairness, dignity, respect and quality in the services it provides and in the way it works and employs people. Our commitment is contained in our Engagement 4 Improvement Framework and equality strategy - the Equality Delivery System (EDS). It underpins the work we do and is key to achieving our vision "to improve the health and wellbeing of all the communities we serve".
We are committed to continuous engagement activities with interest groups to help the Trust to identify and remove barriers for different "protected groups". We need to know about your experiences and if the things we do are actually working and making a difference. This is called our equality performance and is something we have to measure, to show we are meeting the needs of all groups and that our services are of equal quality or ‘equally good’ for all groups.
We do this with a 'toolkit' that was designed by the NHS in partnership with patients, service users and the community. It is called the Equality Delivery System (EDS). The EDS helps us to gather evidence to show us how well the services we plan and provide improve our equality performance. It also shows us what we need to do better. When we've measured our performance we agree some key equality objectives. These are the things people tell us are most important to work on to make local health services and employment better and more accessible to everyone.
The Equality Delivery System (EDS) for the NHS was made available to the NHS in June 2011. It was formally launched on 11 November 2011. Following an evaluation of the implementation of the EDS in 2012, and subsequent consultation with a spread of NHS organisations, a refreshed EDS is now available. It is known as EDS2.
Download ESD2 NHS England Guidance.