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
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
The WRES captures and
publishes information on various aspects of race equality,
The WRES uses indicators
(measures) of an organisation's workforce, including a Board
membership indicator, to gauge the current state of 'workforce race
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.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
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