Equality into Action and EDS2

Equality into Action Workshops Overview incorporating Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2)

What is the EDS2?

The EDS2 supports NHS England’s commitment to an inclusive NHS that is fair and accessible to all. The Equality Delivery System (EDS) helps the NHS meet the requirements of the public sector Equality Duty. It was introduced in July 2011 and was modified in November 2013 to make it easier to use. The main purpose of the EDS is to help NHS organisations to review and improve their performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. It sets out four goals and 18 outcomes NHS Trusts must concentrate on to improve equality of access to services, experience of services and outcomes. The goals and outcomes are about both people who use NHS services and those who work in them.

Equality into Action Workshops

Equality into Action Workshops were introduced by our Trust in the spring of 2014. The purpose of the workshops is to bring together people with an interest in equality and diversity and mental health. We invite members of the public, representatives from Councils and the voluntary sector and members of staff.

During the workshops we:

  • Hear about how the Trust’s services have been working towards meeting their local equality objectives
  • Rate how we think the Trust’s services are doing, using the EDS2
  • Discuss how the Trust can improve in the future

The outcomes of discussions in the workshops and how services are rated are considered by managers when they are thinking about the next year’s equality objectives.

Download  2015 EDS 2 report.pdf [pdf] 222KB

If you have any queries about EDS2, or our Equality into Action workshops or are interested in finding out more about any aspect of equality and diversity at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Trust, please contact Jonathan Roberts by calling (0161) 772 3642 or emailing him at: jonathan.roberts@gmmh.nhs.uk

For more information about the EDS2 please visit http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/gov/edc/eds/