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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

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