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Equality Delivery System (EDS)

The Equality Delivery System is a nine step process to support commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. It was designed by the NHS for the NHS to improve services and delivery and embed equality practices into everyday NHS business.

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

Within each goal there are a set of outcomes which the Trust will be graded against by various community groups in Rotherham. Over the next four months we will be meeting with local community groups, staff and patients to gather information and feedback around their experience of using our services. This data will be used to determine the Trust grading in line with the EDS standards and we will then produce an action plan based on the result of this grading. The EDS grading system will be critical in supporting the organisation to gauge its current position and the continuous progress we need to make in order to embed equality into the mainstream business.

The grades are:

  • Excelling – Purple
  • Achieving – Green
  • Developing – Amber
  • Underdeveloped - Red

What does EDS cover?

The EDS covers all those people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. There are nine characteristics in total:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race including nationality and ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The Trust's latest EDS2/WRES submission can be found below.

Equality Delivery System
Workforce Race Equality Standard 


The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Rotherham Hospital
Moorgate Road
 S60 2UD 

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