The EDS is a system that helps NHS organisations improve the services they provide for their local communities and provide better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS.
The Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) is currently leading on the development of EDS3 and are collating suggestions and seeking input. Since 2015, the EDS features in the NHS standard contract for NHS providers and within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection programme for hospitals. The EDC recognises the importance of engaging with key stakeholders in-order to ensure that the refreshed EDS3 is for the NHS, by the NHS.
East Kent Hospitals will adopt EDS3 on its release in the Autumn 2019.