Equality delivery system (EDS2)
The Equality Delivery System (EDS2) is a toolkit designed to help NHS organisations to improve the services they provide for their local communities, consider health inequalities in their locality and provide better working environments that are free of discrimination.
The EDS has four goals, with 18 specific outcomes. NHS organisations need to listen to and engage with patients, carers, voluntary organisations and people who work in the NHS in order to grade their equality performance, identify where improvements can be made and act on their findings. The EDS goals are:
• Better health outcomes for all
• Improved patient access and experience
• Empowered, engaged and included workforce
• Inclusive leadership at all levels
They are rated on a scale as follows:
• Purple – excelling
• Green – achieving
• Amber – developing
• Red – undeveloped
Last year the CCG worked in partnership with other NHS organisations including the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust (MYHT) and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) to deliver a joint approach to engaging with local stakeholders. NHS Wakefield CCG Equality Panel was established with membership drawn from a range of community and voluntary sector organisations representing each of the protected characteristics. The panel graded the CCG and participating NHS organisations against a set of EDS2 outcomes.
This year an event will take place in early March to engage with people from protected characteristic groups and the general public and our partners about our achievements towards EDS2.
We will use the data from the grading panel to inform the development of our Equality Objectives, as we have done in previous years.
Workforce Race Equality Scheme (WRES)
NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recognises the importance of a diverse workforce and its legal obligations in terms of reporting and monitoring information around protected characteristics. The reporting that we do highlights the current workforce metrics, actions in place to support the equality agenda and current partnership working with the Staff Forum and Trade Union representatives to support future activities. Here, you can find our latest Workforce Race Equality Scheme (WRES) report and supporting action plan.
Wakefield Equalities and Cohesion Partnership Meeting
We attend a meeting with local partners to consider local issues regularly bringing intelligence back to the CCG and sharing our own activities with the group.
Accessible Information Standard for health and social care
The ‘Accessible Information Standard’ establishes a framework so patients and service users (carers and parents) who have information or communication needs relating to a disability, impairment or sensory loss, receive accessible information and communication support when accessing NHS or adult social services.
To prepare for the AIS in 2016 the CCG has;
• developed briefings for providers, CCG staff and GP practices and briefing sessions undertaken.
• undertaken surveys with GP practices to understand the support they need to implement the standard and used the feedback to shape and develop bespoke resources
• provided advice and guidance to health care organisations and their staff to implement the Standard and made contact to ensure they are making progress against the Standard
• promoted and raised awareness of the Standard with healthcare organisations and CCG staff
• Worked with the Wakefield Society for Deaf People to create a communication access passport to support deaf and hearing impaired people get the right communication support in healthcare settings.
We continue to support our practices and communities as well as working with our key partners, such as Healthwatch Wakefield, around this area of work.