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Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a product of the NHS England Equality and Diversity Council designed to support the NHS to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and Diverse.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust agreed to adopt the EDS in November 2011 and held a grading day in March 2012 which included the development of our equality objectives 2012 - 2016.

Nationally in 2012 the implementation of the EDS was independently evaluated and subsequent consultation with NHS organisations developed a refreshed EDS called EDS2 that was launched in November 2013 allowing more flexibility for local implementation.

NHS England has mandated the Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) into the 2015/16 NHS Standard Contact.

EDS2 has 4 goals and 18 outcomes, with enough in common between the original and EDS2 for meaningful comparisons to be made over time.

1.   Better health outcomes for all

2.   Improved patient access and experience

3.   A representative and supported workforce

4.   Inclusive leadership

The outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and Boards. It is against these outcomes that performance is graded and action determined.

For more detailed information please click here to view “A refreshed Equality Delivery System for the NHS - EDS2”

During 2014 - 2015 those with responsibility for equality and diversity at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Vale of York Clinical commissioning Group (CCG) agreed to work together with community representatives to make best use of time and resources and carry out EDS2 collaboratively.

Our EDS2 summary report is published here.





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Coronavirus - useful information

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Information and updates about our services can be found on this website here.

As of Wednesday 21 October, after reviewing the guidance for visiting as set out by NHSE, the Trust has taken the difficult decision to suspend visiting to all of our sites, with immediate effect.  We have taken this decision to limit the spread of Covid-19, and to protect vulnerable patients and ensure staff safety.  As soon as it possible to safely relax the visiting restrictions we will do so

From Monday 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.  A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.  It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.  For more information click here