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The Equality Delivery System for the NHS EDS2: Guide to Engagement with the Local Voluntary Sector

Helping NHS organisations to engage more effectively with local voluntary sector as part of strengthened implementation of EDS2

This guide will explore how the local voluntary and community sector can help NHS organisations to engage communities and, by extension, implement EDS2 better. The voluntary and community sector are often well-placed to help NHS organisations. They have links and expertise with specific communities that health services may have difficulties in engaging with.

The Equality Delivery System (EDS2) is included in the NHS standard contract and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Assurance Framework. It is designed to help NHS organisations to continuously improve their equality performance and help meet its equality duties under the 2010 Equality Act. All NHS organisations are obliged to use EDS2 as part of their contractual and assurance obligations. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will also look at a Trust’s EDS to look for areas to potentially inspect, and to determine if the Trust is ‘well led’. However, if Trusts are engaging communities effectively, then they should already be on the way to implementing EDS2 well.

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Author(s): Samir Jeraj and Saliha Majeed
Publisher: Race Equality Foundation
Publication date: November 2015