Research and evidence strongly suggest that less favourable treatment of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) staff in the NHS, through poorer experience or opportunities, has significant impact on the efficient and effective running of the NHS and adversely impacts the quality of care received by all patients.
That is exactly why the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) was introduced in 2015. The WRES seeks to prompt inquiry to better understand why it is that BME staff often receive much poorer treatment than White staff in the workplace and to facilitate the closing of those gaps.
We know that for this to happen, data needs to be gathered, as you can’t change what you don’t know. All NHS trusts were required to submit their WRES baseline data on 1 July 2015. This report presents analyses of the baseline data related to four of the nine WRES indicators – these are the indicators that are reflective of the NHS Staff Survey questions.
Gathering and understanding the data is only the first step. WRES data is leading NHS organisations to develop evidence-based action plans to continuously improve on workforce race equality. There are organisations and parts of the NHS that are embracing this challenge well, but there are other employers that still have a lot of progress to make.
We simply cannot afford the cost to staff and patient care that come from the unfairness and discrimination of a large section of the NHS workforce. As co-directors of the national WRES Implementation Team, we look forward to working with and supporting NHS organisations to make the difference that our diverse staff, communities and all patients need and deserve.
Yvonne Coghill and Roger Kline
WRES Implementation Team
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