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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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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.

Aim

The aim of the WRES is to improve the experience of BME staff in the workplace. This includes employment, promotion and training opportunities. It also applies to BME people who want to work in the NHS. Additionally, this applies to BME staffs’ experience of the employee relations process. This can be achieved by taking Positive Action to eliminate discrimination, harassment and unfair treatment of BME staff in the workplace.

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 a number of areas including:

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


Closing Gaps

The WRES is a tool to systematically identify gaps between BME & White staff experiences in the workplace. In measuring those gaps and taking action 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 BME members of staff


This will create an environment in the Trust whereby all staff feels 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 latest report is the NHS England Progress Report April 2017 . The next can be expected in April 2018.