Reports and the Equality Delivery system



The Equality Act 2010 and the NHS Equality Delivery System [EDS] provide us with a challenge and opportunity to look again at the design and delivery of our services to make sure they are equal and appropriate to the people we serve. We know that we have some way to go in rising to these challenges.

Legal requirements

The general equality duty is set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. Public organisations including NHS Trusts are subject to the general duty and must have due regard to the need to: 

  • eliminate unlawful; discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it 
  • foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it 

This is public sector equality duty; it was created by the Equality Act 2010 and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties. The duty came into force in April 2011 and covers age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage, same-sex marriage and civil partnership, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. It applies in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Equality Delivery System

Between 2010 and 2011, our hospitals formally adopted the Department of Health's national Equality Delivery System (EDS). It is designed to support NHS organisations to prepare and publish equality objectives in consultation with staff, service users and local groups.

To find out what the equality delivery system (EDS) is and how it works, visit NHS England’s website or read this document about EDS2, which was published in 2013.

An Easy Read document about the EDS is available, words by MENCAP


Our Equality Reports 


equality report 2016

Equality report 2016


equality report 2015

Equality report 2015


Equality Report Cover

Read our Equality Report for 2013/2014



Equality Report Cover

Read our main equality report for 2012/13

Equality Report Appendices Cover

More detailed data about our equality information

Summary Equality Report 2013

Read the summary version of the report


We welcome your feedback on any aspects of these reports. Please send your comments to  
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What have we been doing?

Some of the things we have been doing to help us embed aspects of equality and diversity in the services we deliver include:

- giving absolute commitment at Trust Board to embedding of all aspects of equality and diversity relevant to the services we deliver

- revitalising our Equality Committee with an extended membership and a focus on progressing the equalities agenda

- committing to the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, ensuring compliance and adopting the NHS framework for equality delivery, i.e. the Equality Delivery System

- assessing our current performance against the outcomes set out in the Equality Delivery System 

- agreeing our equalities objectives 

- beginning to set out a programme of work relevant to 2016/17

Our Equality Committee - Archived minutes

Access previous minutes

An Easy Read document about the EDS is available, words by MENCAP

Useful links

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Department of Health - Equality and Diversity

equality at our trust protected characteristics Personal, Fair and Diverse News and events

Equality Committee and Reports

Read about the work of our Equality Committee including papers from meetings and our yearly report.

The protected characteristics

Find out more about each of the protected characteristics in equality legislation.


Personal, Fair and Diverse

We are proud to be an active partner in the NHS Employers Personal, Fair and Diverse Campaign (NHS PFD).


News and events

Find out more about events around our Trust and contact us with your views.