Equality Delivery System
The Equality Act 2010 brought with it a new legal Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).
This requires public bodies to declare their compliance with the duty on an annual basis.
This means that the Trust must show compliance with both the general and specific duties of the PSED.
The general duties are:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
The specific duties are:
- Publish information to show our compliance with the (general) Equality Duty, at least annually
- Set and publish equality objectives, at least every four years
The Equality Delivery System (EDS) for the NHS was made available to the NHS in June 2011.
Following an evaluation of the implementation of the EDS in 2012, and subsequent consultation with various NHS organisations, a refreshed EDS is now available. It is known as EDS2: A refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS - EDS2
The main purpose of the EDS is to help local NHS organisations to meet obligations under the Equality Act (2010). It works by ensuring that all of the work of the Trust is benefitting all protected groups in different ways.
For more information about our legal duties as a public sector organisation under the Equality Act 2010, please see: Public Sector Equality Duty