Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) has been introduced to ensure eﬀective collection, analysis and use of workforce data to address the under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staﬀin the NHS.
Recent research and high profile reports (e.g. Kline 2014 and Francis QC 2015) as well as a considerable body of evidence, has shown that the treatment and experience of BME staff within the NHS, is on average, significantly worse than those of white NHS staff. Across the NHS as a whole, the research highlights workforce inequality that includes areas such as promotion, grading, disciplinary, bullying and access to mandatory training. The absence of representation in senior leadership positions across the NHS is also significant.
This research was considered by the Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) in 2014 who concluded that early and decisive steps needed to be taken to remedy the situation for the benefit of patients and staff. Following a three month consultation period, the WRES was accepted for implementation; for the first time, organisations employing almost all of the 1.4 million NHS workforce were required to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of BME Board representation.
The Workforce Race Equality Standard is now mandated through the NHS standard contract 2015/16 and in the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Assurance Framework 2015/16. The WRES has been inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) since 2016/17 to help assess whether organisations are well-led.
Information about the WRES can be found on the NHS England website NHS England – The Workforce Race Equality Standard
Patient, workforce and customer involvement is central to everything we do. We will ensure our WRES journey involves everyone in everything we do.
Our latest WRES report can be found here.