Equality Delivery System for the NHS (EDS2): Guide to Engagement with the Local Voluntary Sector

Author: Samir Jeraj, Saliha Majeed

Corporate author: Race Equality Foundation

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: January 2016

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Race Equality Foundation, in partnership with the LGBT Foundation, Disability Rights UK, and Mens Health Forum were commissioned by NHS England to produce the "Equality Delivery System for the NHS (EDS2): Guide to Engagement with the Local Voluntary Sector". This guide was developed in collaboration with service users, voluntary and community organistions, and key stakeholders from Foundation Trusts, Healthwatch England, NHS Employers, CCG and CQC. 

This guide explores how the local voluntary and community sector can help NHS organisations to engage communities and, by extension, implement EDS2 better. The voluntary and community sector are often well-placed to help NHS organisations. They have links and expertise with specific communities that health services may have difficulties in engaging with.