Compliance and Reporting
We at the London Ambulance Service have to produce a number of Reports in order to comply with UK law, such as the Equality Act and Public Sector Equality Duty, as well as compliance within the NHS itself such as EDS2 and the Workplace Race/Disability Equality Standards. As a Trust we work had to be transparent in our reporting and our progress against our various action plans – please explore each of Reports below.
Accessible Information Standard
From 1 August 2016 onwards, all organisations that provide NHS care and / or publicly-funded adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard. The Standard sets out a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
The Accessible Information Standard, formally known as DCB1605 Accessible Information, is made up of a specification and implementation guidance. Read the standard in full on NHS.UK.
Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2)
The NHS’ Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2) helps local NHS organisations, in discussion with local partners including local populations, review and improve their performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. By using the EDS2, NHS organisations can also be helped to deliver on the Public Sector Equality Duty.
2024 will be the first year LAS has opted to complete EDS2 for itself, with work having already started in July 2023 to begin gathering the data and case studies regarding Domain 1: Patients, Domain 2: Workforce and Domain 3: Leadership.
We look forward to posting our first EDS2 submission to this page in early 2024.
Ethnicity Pay Gap
The Ethnicity Pay Gap (EPG) is an equality measure that shows the difference in average earnings between Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff and White staff. While this is not as yet a legal requirement, the Trust has taken the decision to proactively report on its Ethnicity Pay Gap, alongside its Gender Pay Gap, from 2024 onwards. It is hoped that taking this decision will affect greater change in tackling our gaps and enable us to foster greater transparency around pay.
Gender Pay Gap
The Gender Pay Gap (GPG) is an equality measure that shows the difference in average earnings between women and men. Since April 2017, companies and organisations with more than 250 employees have been legally required to report their gender pay gap figures by the end of the financial year each year.
You can see our most recent Reports below – any recent missing reports were due the exception in reporting due to Covid-19.
Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES)
The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a set of ten specific measures (metrics) which enables NHS organisations to compare the workplace and career experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff.
The WDES enables us to better understand the experiences of our disabled staff and supports positive change for all existing colleagues by creating a more inclusive environment for disabled people working and seeking employment with us.
Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES)
The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) was mandated through the NHS standard contract, starting in 2015/16. It been developed as a tool to measure improvements in the workforce with respect to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff.
The WRES enables us to better understand the experiences of our BME staff, measure improvement and implement change that will have a positive impact our current and future colleagues across the Trust.