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Equality Information

Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a performance monitoring tool developed by the Department of Health and is designed in line with the Equality Act 2010.  It is designed to ensure existing Primary Care Trusts, clinical commissioning groups and providers of commissioned NHS services are meeting their Equality Duty to ensure that Equality is embedded into all the work of NHS organisations.

EDS has also been designed to support NHS commissioners to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff. Primary Care Trusts, clinical commissioning groups and providers are all required to complete the EDS monitoring template. EDS will help organisations to achieve compliance with the Public Sector Duty.

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 goals are: 

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

Currently Primary Care Trusts are required to complete a verification sheet and provide supporting evidence against the 18 outcomes.  Performance is analysed, graded and Equality Objectives set.  The grades have been designed to reflect and promote the delivery of Possible Outcomes, and the recognition of equalities between different groups. HealthWatch / LINks and third sector providers are asked to be part of the verification process. For each EDS Outcome there are four grades and a RAG+ rating:

NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group provided supporting evidence towards the first EDS submission by Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust in April 2012. Overall the Primary Care Trust was graded as Developing. View the results of this assessment.

The Clinical Commissioning Group will contribute to the April 2013 EDS submission by Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust where equality objectives for 2013/14 will be identified. The Clinical Commissioning Group will be solely responsible for the April 2014 EDS submission.

Equality Objectives 2012/2013

Whilst acting as a formal sub-committe of NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral Primary Care Trust Cluster, NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group has adopted for 2012/2013 the EDS Equality Objectives and goals as developed by NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral. View the objectives.

Equality Objectives 2013 - 2015

The Clinical Commissioning Group have been gathering information for the 2012 - 2013 submission of evidence towards the Equality Delivery System. A first draft of the document has been placed on the website for people to look at and comment on. A panel of 3rd sector providers will assess all the information on the 19th of March 2013 and will grade and indicate the Clinical Commissioning groups Equality Objectives for the period 2013 - 2015.

Draft evidence submission

After the assessment took place, we were graded as either undeveloped, developing, achieving, or excelling. You can see the results of our evidence here.

After our assessment, our equality objectives for 2013 - 2015 can be seen here.