Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Equality Delivery System

EDS2 Grading Exercise - helping us set our Equality objectives 2015/2016

Many thanks for the time you took to take part in the recent Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS) Grading Exercise, looking at how our NHS organisations across Dorset are performing in relation to the equality and diversity objectives we set ourselves in 2013.  Your feedback is an essential part of gauging our progress and we will ensure that the findings are incorporated into our equality and diversity action plans going forward.  The full report has been published now with special emphasis on how you have graded the CCG.


A refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS – EDS2


The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was commissioned by the national Equality and Diversity Council in 2010 and launched in July 2011. It is a system that helps NHS organisations improve the services they provide for their local communities and provide better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS, while meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.  The EDS was developed by the NHS, for the NHS, taking inspiration from existing work and good practice.

In November 2012, Shared Intelligence published their report ‘Evaluation of the equality delivery system for the NHS’ which looked at how the EDS has been adopted across NHS organisations. Based on this evaluation and subsequent engagement with the NHS and key stakeholders, a refreshed EDS – known as EDS2 – was made available in November 2013.

The main purpose of the EDS2 was, and remains, 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.

EDS2 is more streamlined and simpler to use compared with the original EDS. It is aligned to NHS England’s commitment to an inclusive NHS that is fair and accessible to all. The EDS2 guidance document and the latest EDS2 resources are available at the bottom of this page. The four main outcomes are listed below:

  • Better health outcomes for all
  • Better patient experience and access
  • Empowered, engaged and included staff
  • Inclusive leadership at all levels