Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

Since 1 April 2015 all NHS organisations have been required to demonstrate how they are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas. The WRES helps organisations to achieve this.


The aim of the WRES is to improve the experience of Global Majority staff who have been underrepresented and oppressed due to their race in the workplace. This includes employment, promotion and training opportunities.

The implementation of the WRES will make tackling race equality a priority for the NHS and for the Trust. It will allow us to provide focus on several areas including:

  • Global Majority [?] representation at Senior Management and Board level
  • The experience of Global Majority [?] staff in the employee relations process and NHS Staff Survey
  • The non-mandatory training and development opportunities made available to Global Majority [?] members of staff

Closing Gaps

The WRES is a tool to systematically identify gaps between Black and minority ethnic staff & White staff experiences in the workplace. In measuring those gaps and acting this will achieve:

  • Tangible progress in eliminating discrimination
  • Support in the creation of a positive working culture and valued staff
  • Improve the opportunities available to Black and minority ethnic members of staff

This will create an environment in the Trust whereby all staff feel engaged, valued and supported. This will result in high quality patient care and improved health outcomes for all.

All NHS organisations are required to demonstrate through the nine-point WRES metric how they are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas:

The NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Indicators

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