The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) requires
organisations providing NHS services to show progress against
a number of indicators of 'workforce Race equality'.
The focus is on complying with implementing the standard, as
well as helping to improve the wider culture of the NHS to
benefit all staff and patients.
Tackling race inequality
This standard seeks to tackle one particular aspect of equality
- the consistently less favourable treatment of those who identify
themselves as Black, Asian or from a visible Minority Ethnic
National research under taken recently by the Kings fund
demonstrated that very little progress had been made in the past 20
years to address discrimination against black and minority ethnic
(BME) staff in the NHS and that reported levels of
discrimination are lowest for white employees.
The WRES captures and publishes information on various
aspects of race equality, including:
The WRES uses indicators (measures) of an organisation's
workforce, including a Board membership indicator, to gauge the
current state of 'workforce race equality'.
County Durham & Darlington Hospitals will use the WRES to
track progress to identify and help eliminate discrimination in the
treatment of Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic staff.
The WRES is not intended to provide a blueprint for how good
practice can be achieved. However, it does provide a platform
and direction that encourages and enables NHS organisations to seek
and address any difference in performance. It will be used to
benchmark different organisations across the NHS.
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