NHS workforce race equality standard (WRES)

NHS takes action to tackle race inequality across the workforce

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on July 31 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.

The move follows recent reports which have highlighted disparities in the number of BME people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population.

The Council pledged its commitment, subject to consultation with the NHS, to implement two measures to improve equality across the NHS, which would start in April 2015.

The first is a Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) that would, for the first time, require organisations employing almost all of the 1.4 million NHS workforce to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of BME Board representation.

Further reading

  1. FAQ
  2. NHS England
  3. Regional Workforce Data
  4. BME Infographic

Disability logoPlease note in the section of this webpage the following: A WRES action plan is to follow as a requirement by CQC to address the gaps shown in the workforce and staff survey data

If you have any questions or would like any of our information in another format, please contact Beverley Powell  , Equality and Diversity Manager communications.barnsley@nhs.net or telephone 01226 730000

WRES Action Plan

WRES Summary Information

This WRES summary form contains some Trust Workforce data and actions:

WRES Reporting Template

Equality and Diversity Annual Reports

The Trust publishes an Equality and Human Rights report each year, at the same time we publish information about people who use our services and our staff in a ‘supplementary’ information document. These can be found below.