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.

We produce a Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) every year.

Regional Workforce Data

Workforce Race Equality Standard Reports

NHS England has introduced a nine point Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) metric to show how NHS organisations are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas. The WRES is designed to help us to ensure that our Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff have as good an experience of working here as our other staff. Each year we are required to publish our findings and what we are doing to make things better.

Below is our latest report and action plan.

WRES Action Plan

WRES Summary Information

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

WRES Reporting Template

Workforce Disability Equality Standard

This year NHS England has launched the Workforce Disability Equality Standard. The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is a set of ten specific measures that will enable NHS organisations to compare the experiences of Disabled and non-disabled staff. We have used this to develop an action plan and enable us to demonstrate progress against the indicators of disability equality. As this is the first year there are no previous years to compare with.

Below is our  reporting template and action plan

WDES Action Plan

WDES Annual Report

NHS Equality Delivery System

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) has been designed to be a tool for NHS organisations, through involvement of stakeholders, to assess how we are performing in respect of equality and diversity and to help identify future priorities and objectives. Each year we publish this on our website alongside our action plan to address any disparities.

Below is our latest reporing template

EDS Summary Report

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Annual report

Each year an annual report is produced so that we can show what we are doing to ensure that our patients, carers, vistors and staff have as good an experience as possible.

The latest report can be found by clicking on the link below.

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.