Equality Delivery System and Equality Objectives
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is working to implement a new Equality Delivery System (EDS)to improve the way in which people from different equality groups are treated as patients, service users, carers, employees and volunteers.
The Trust is now using the EDS to benchmark performance. The EDS uses a rating system underpinned by a substantial number of factors which need to be evidenced to achieve the following ratings: undeveloped, developing, achieving and excelling.
In order to ensure we receive the views from all of our stakeholders, service users and patients a EDS portal has been developed. This aim is to maximise participation in the EDS grading process.
Your views are essential to help us continually enhance our services and maintain our undertaking to challenge discrimination wherever it may occur.
Please visit the portal here
What difference will this make?
The EDS is about real people making real improvements, that can be sustained over time. It focuses on the things that matter the most for patients, communities and staff. It emphasises genuine engagement, transparency and the effective use of evidence. The EDS is not about occasional consultation, it is not a paper-chase and it is not self-assessment.
The EDS applies to both current and planned NHS commissioning organisations, including GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups, and to NHS providers including NHS Foundation Trusts. By using the EDS, these organisations will be able to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Providers will be better placed to meet the registration requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
We want to involve all the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire County and Rutland and our staff in the work we are doing and the decisions we make. This could mean being involved in rating how well we are performing or helping us to ensure that the services we provide meet the needs of all of our communities and staff, regardless of their protected characteristic.
How we identified our Equality Objectives
During Feb and April 2011 the Trust has worked in partnership with many local communities of interest, the voluntary, statutory sectors and staff who represent people from all protected characteristics and health interests throughout Leicester Leicestershire County and Rutland. More than 200 people attended the Equality Objective workshops across the County in 2011 and some 120 people completed the on-line survey.
The feedback from these events have helped the Trust identify a number of specific equality objectives aimed at reducing health inequalities and drive forward a more inclusive and accessible health service for all.
To view our equality objectives please click here
How does the EDS work?
During 2011-12, in full engagement with local interests, NHS organisations develop four-year Equality Objectives and priorities, based on a grading of their equality performance against a set of EDS goals and outcomes. The outcomes are grouped under four goals:
1. Better health outcomes for all
2. Improved patient access and experience
3. Workforce - the NHS as a fair employer
4. Inclusive leadership at all levels
The EDS proposes that local interests such as patient champions, Local Involvement Networks (LINk), Healthwatch, Staff Side representatives, will grade an NHS body's annual performance on equality in partnership with NHS bodies. This will not be self assessment and where there are disagreements, it is proposed that the view of the local interests prevails, rather than that of the NHS body. Based on transparency and evidence, NHS organisations and local interests should agree one of four grades for each outcome; excellent, achieving, developing or undeveloped.
Use the links below to see the Trust's EDS Outcomes, Objectives and Ratings and click here for our supporting evidence.
EDS Outcomes January 2012
Workforce Equality Data 2010/11
Annual Equality Report 2010/11
For further information please contact the Equality and Human Rights Team.