Everyone should be treated fairly when using or working for the NHS.
We use the 'Equality Delivery System' to ensure our work as a CCG is fair and does not discriminate against any group. The Equality Delivery System describes four goals for NHS organisations.
The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a tool which helps us ensure our CCG is fair when planning and commissioning services . There are 18 outcomes under these four goals which describe how NHS services should be. Our CCG needs to ensure that we achieve these four goals for everyone, which means in some cases carrying out additional work to do so.
This work is ongoing throughout the year. For example, we recently purchased a hearing loop for use when holding public meetings. This improves access to information for deaf patients, carers and the public and enables full participation in our work.
Once a year, we produce an EDS Evidence and Grading report which describes the work we have done and we grade ourselves to clearly show how well we are progressing towards these goals.
We also ask patients, carers and members of the public to give their feedback on how well they think we are doing and use this to inform our final grading. Please contact us using the details below to find out how you could give your feedback. Alternatively, click here for our Patient, Carer and Public Involvement page.
Please click here to view our latest Evidence and Grading Report. Additionally, in 2017 we undertook a review of the objectives and performance against each of these. You can find a copy of this here.
Please click here for more information about the EDS.
We host a quarterly EDS Group for health providers who also use the EDS and equality leads from the local council. This allows us to work together to achieve the EDS goals and to take an approach which fits in with other equality work being carried out in Somerset. Please contact us if you would like more information about this group.