The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was launched by Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive on 10th November 2011. It was developed after listening to the views of over 3,000 people including patients, carers, local communities, voluntary organisations and NHS staff.

The EDS is a toolkit that helps NHS organisations improve the services they provide for their local communities, consider health inequalities in their locality and provide better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS. It is based on four goals, with 18 specific outcomes. As part of the EDS process, NHS organisations engage with their patients, local voluntary organisations and their staff in order to grade their equality performance, identify where improvements can be made and act on their findings. The 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

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust used the EDS framework for the first time in February 2012 and included feedback from the consultation with our stakeholders to create and prioritise equality objectives for 2012-16. The EDS assessments for LTHT can be downloaded below:

For further information on the EDS, including an easy-read summary of the grading manual and an animated video is available on the NHS England website.