NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on 31 July 2014 that it had agreed to take action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment at work.
The Council pledged its commitment, subject to consultation with the NHS, to introduce two measures to improve equality across the NHS. These measures came into effect on 1 April 2015.
The first is a Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES), which means organisations are required for the first time to demonstrate progress against nine metrics. Four of these metrics are specifically focused on workforce data and another four are based on data gathered from the national NHS staff survey. The staff survey information will highlight any differences between the experience and treatment of white staff and BME staff in the NHS. The final metric requires NHS provider organisations to ensure their boards are broadly representative of the communities they serve.
Our WRES report for 2016 can be downloaded below. This report includes a comparison with our 2015 position and an action plan setting out how we will make improvements.
The CCG is fully committed to the WRES and this process is driven by leaders at the highest levels of our organisation.
To find out more about the NHS WRES, including national 2015 findings, please visit the NHS England website. Alternatively, you can contact Kate Jolley, HR Business Manager for the CCG at email@example.com, or the CCG’s Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Business Partner, Rosie Kingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.