Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust EDS2 RAG Rating Event 2016. The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was designed by the NHS for the NHS, to deliver better, more personal, fair and diverse outcomes for patients and staff.
The EDS was refreshed on 4th November 2013 and renamed EDS2. The EDS2 has been streamlined, simplified and uses clearer language. As of April 2015 the EDS2 has become part of the NHS contract.
EDS was developed against a backdrop of some significant inconsistencies in practice within the NHS, recognising poor equality practice in parts and building on good equality practice in others. The EDS2 covers patient care, public health, compliance and workforce issues.
EDS2 outcomes align with the NHS Constitution, NHS Outcomes Framework, Human Resources Transition Framework, FREDA principles (Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity and Autonomy) and the Care Quality Commission's Essential Standards of Quality and Safety.
Every three to 5 years each Trust should compile an annual EDS2 report, the purpose of which is to report on progress in respect of delivering EDS2 within the Trust. The report should provide detail on the models of delivery and processes used. The report also sets the legislative context, describes governance arrangements and future plans.
The EDS2 report should be guided by input from the public, stakeholders, staff and service managers through a RAG (Red, Amber, Green) rating process.
Due to the merger of Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust and the Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in April 2017 the new North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust decided to postpone the next RAG rating event to allow for the alignment of reporting systems.
In April 2018, the Trust introduced a new model of data collection called Inclusion As Standard Accredited. This system operates as a competitive model of data collection to enable departments to gain accreditation for good practice and identify service improvements. The model has provided some positive results which will be presented following the next RAG rating event.
In 2019, NHSE postponed the Equality Delivery System reporting during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In summer of 2022, NHS England announced the new Equality Delivery System 2022 replacing EDS2.
In 2022, The Trust introduced an electronic Equality and Freedom to Speak Up Impact Assessment process, which identifies and enables a rapid identification of inequality across all protected characteristics as per the Equality Act 2010 in policies and processes adopted by the organisation.
In the interest of our patients and staff, the Trust has decided to collect a full year of data in 2023-2024 to deliver and inform of a meaningful programme for the EDS 2022. Therefore, we have postponed the delivery of the EDS 2022 until April 2023 to February 2024.