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Workforce Race Equality Standard

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) 

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 group. 

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.

Measuring performance

The WRES captures and publishes information on various aspects of race equality, including:

  • recruitment
  • training
  • harassment/bullying. 

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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