Workforce race equality standard
2015 has seen the introduction by NHS England of a new Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) which requires organisations employing almost all of the 1.4 million NHS workforce to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality.
The WRES captures and publishes information on various elements of race equality including recruitment, training, harassment/bullying and includes a specific indicator to address the low levels of BME board representation.
The requirement to publish this information will be used as a further opportunity by HEE to identify and seek to address areas of race inequality with the aim of improving the wider culture of the NHS and the experiences of staff working within our organisation.
The introduction of the WRES 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. HEE therefore welcomes this requirement as an important measure to improve equality across the NHS.