Equality Delivery System

Making Sure Everybody Counts

The NHS Equality Delivery System was introduced during late 2011 to help NHS organisations deliver better outcomes for patients and communities, and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse with equality of opportunity and treatment for all.
It provides a framework for assessing an organisation’s equality performance (in line with legislative requirements) and is structured around four overarching goals: 
  • Better health outcomes for all.
  • Improved patient access and experience.
  • Empowered, engaged and included staff.
  • Inclusive leadership at all levels.
The Equality Delivery System requires NHS organisations to engage with their local populations and their workforce to determine performance through a grading process.