The Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse.

The EDS is all about making positive differences to healthy living and working lives.

It is made available to the NHS, as an optional tool, that both current and emerging NHS organisations - in partnership with patients, the public, staff and staff-side organisations - can use to review their equality performance and to identify future priorities and actions. It offers local and national reporting and accountability mechanisms.

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, graded and action determined.

The four EDS goals are:

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

What we are doing

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has assembled evidence from a range of sources and has produced its EDS Baseline Assessment.

The Assessment shows that the organisation is in the Developing Category.

We have shared this assessment with local stakeholders and will continue to work with them to develop the Trust's Equality and Diversity objectives.

Equality data and monitoring

To comply with the Equality Act 2010, the Trust has to publish information annually.

The link below shows comparisons between Trust staff and the local patient population on ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and limiting health conditions or disabilities. 

The staff information was taken from our Human Resources records as at 31 December 2014 for all staff employed directly by the Trust.   

The patient information was taken from the number of people recorded to have used our services between April-December 2014.

Each patient was counted once regardless of how many attendances in that time. 

Trust staff and patients population profile 2014-15

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