Quality Care - everyone, everytime

Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES)

All NHS organisations are now man­dated to publish its Work­place Race Equal­ity Stan­dard (WRES) from April 2015.

Work­force eth­nic­ity data at 1 April 2015, and annu­ally, is gath­ered and pub­licly on to the Trusts 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 View 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 our 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 minor­ity of nurses, doc­tors and other NHS staff, are treated fairly it improves patient expe­ri­ence and patient safety. The Work­force Race Equal­ity Stan­dard encour­ages, and where nec­es­sary requires, all NHS providers to treat all black and minor­ity eth­nic staff fairly and 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.”

WRES Report­ing 2015

Imple­men­ta­tion of the WRES is a require­ment on both NHS com­mis­sion­ers and NHS provider organ­i­sa­tions. In light of the inclu­sion of WRES in the NHS stan­dard con­tract and in the CCG Assur­ance Frame­work, NHS organ­i­sa­tions should use the WRES Report­ing 2015 to respond to the WRES metrics.

The WRES Report­ing is designed to give an overview of the organization’s most recent WRES implementation.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about WRES can be found by click­ing here.

If you have any queries, please email the Equality and Diversity Lead liz.nials@iow.nhs.uk

Keep up to date with the latest Trust News

Our Performance

To see our latest performance and financial report click here.

Tell Us Your Views

Click here to find out how you can feedback to us about your experiences, along with how to raise any concerns, complaints or questions.