The main purpose of the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) is to help local NHS organisations, in discussion with local partners including local populations, review and improve their performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.
By using the EDS2, NHS organisations can also be helped to deliver on the Public Sector Equality Duty to have due regard. This is through the setting of equality objectives.
EDS2 has four goals with 18 outcomes. NHS organisations conduct self-assessment against each of the goals and then consult with stakeholders to agree final gradings.
- Goals one and two are discussed with patients and the public.
- Goals three and four are assessed via the annual staff survey.
Equality objectives are developed with patient and staff representatives.
The CCG has undertaken assessment against the first part of the EDS2. This is on goals one and two. Goals three and four will be assessed through the staff survey in 2019.
The CCG received over 170 responses to the patient and public survey.
In the main the responses were from individuals (92%) with a small proportion (8%) being completed on behalf of another person. 80% of responders considered local health care services met their health needs always or most of the time.
Responders were particularly positive about experience of general practice. Whilst overall the feedback was positive, there were areas of concern including availability of appointments and appointment systems at general practices received the most negative comments. Another key area of concern was lack of mental health services, including for children.