Equality delivery system 2

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was first made available to the NHS on 29th July 2011. It was formally launched by Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive, on 10th November 2011. The EDS is designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communitie, and better working environments for staff.

The EDS is a tool kit designed to help NHS organisations:

  • meet the public sector Equality Duty
  • deliver on the NHS Outcomes Framework and the NHS Constitution
  • As a public service provider, to meet the Care Quality Commission'd Essential Standards of Quality and Safety.

At the heart of the EDS is a set of 18 outcomes grouped into four goals. The goals are:

  • better health outcomes for all
  • improved patient access and experience
  • empowered, engaged and included staff
  • inclusive leadership at all levels.

Implementation of the EDS2

The implementation process for the EDS can be seen in the '9 easy steps' guide below and every step requires us to work in partnership with patients/service users/carers, the public, staff and staff-side organisations to agree key objectives and how we are going to achieve them. 

EDS - 9 easy steps guide [pdf] 545KB

EDS2 executive summary [pdf] 322KB

EDS2 presentation [pdf] 315KB

EDS2 Partnership steering group terms of reference Feb 2015 [pdf] 262KB