Equality Impact Analysis
Our services are open to everyone but we recognise that ‘one size does not fit all’ – our staff and communities are all different. For example, if someone isn't able to read, they won’t know what a leaflet or letter says. If someone can’t hear, they won’t be able to join in the conversation or hear their name being called. If someone has come from another country, they might not know what services exist. And if someone has had a bad experience of using services or joining groups, they won’t come to our services unless we go and talk to them.
This is what equality analysis is about – thinking about how some people might be excluded from what we are offering. We don’t intend to exclude them, but the way in which we organise things or the assumptions we make mean that they can’t join in, or if they try to, it won’t really work for them. For example, people who have a learning disability – how do they find out about services and get what they need from them?
Equality analysis is about asking a simple question: “Can everyone who needs to, use the service, no matter who they are, no matter what their background?” And when they do, have we done everything possible to make sure it’s a positive experience for them? To ensure that our decision making is robust and does not discriminate, we have embedded the requirement to undertake an equality analysis in our processes.
Equality Delivery System (EDS2)
EDS2 is an NHS specific performance management tool on equalities; we will use the EDS2 to inform our decision making, assist with evidence gathering and evaluation of performance. At the heart of this tool is a set of eighteen outcomes grouped into four goals. These outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and the Governing Body.
Please see our Equality Information Report for more details.