NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) is committed to taking a proactive approach to supporting our local communities and ensuring that they have fair and equitable access to NHS information, services and premises.
We are implementing the NHS Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) to demonstrate how the services it delivers supports the organisation's compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.
The Equality Delivery System (EDS2) was developed by the NHS Equality and Diversity Council established in 2009 and designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse.
Furthermore the EDS2 is designed to help all staff and NHS organisations understand how equality can drive improvements and strengthen the accountability of services to patients and the public.
At the heart of the EDS2 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.
The four EDS goals are:
1. Better health outcomes for all
2. Improved patient access and experience
3. Empowered, engaged and included staff
4. Inclusive leadership at all levels