Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES)

NHS Eng­land has man­dated the Work­place Race Equal­ity Stan­dard (WRES) for all NHS com­mis­sion­ers and their larger provider part­ner organ­i­sa­tions (where the com­bined con­tract value exceeds £200K pa) from April 2015.

Work­force eth­nic­ity data at 1 April 2015, and annu­ally, is gath­ered and pub­licly dis­played into the NHS England reporting template and onto the CCG and their provider partner organisation respective websites by 1 July 2015 and annually thereafter. There are 9 indicators or metrics which can be found within the reporting template and within the latest NHS England Technical Guidance document

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said: "The Five Year Forward Views sets out a direction of travel for the NHS - much of which depends on the health service embracing innovation, engaging and respecting staff, and drawing on the immense talent in our workforce."

"We know that care is far more likely to meet the needs of all the patients we're here to serve when NHS leadership is drawn from diverse communities across the country, and when all out frontline staff are themselves free from discrimination. These new mandatory standards will help NHS organisations to achieve these important goals."

Roger Kline, Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School, who led the development of the standard, said: "The evidence is clear that treating all healthcare staff fairly and with respect is good for patient care. When black and minority ethnic staff, who make up a large majority of nurses, doctors and other NHS staff, are treated fairly it improves patient experience and patient safety. The Workforce Race Equality Standard encourages where necessary requires, all NHS providers to treat all black and minority ethnic staff fairly to ensure their full talents are used. It is good news for patients and for staff that NHS organisations have adopted this ground breaking evidence-based approach."

NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG Workforce Race Equality Standard data can be found here: 

  pdf Telford and Wrekin CCG WRES Reporting [pdf] 261KB (261 KB)