19 / 3 / 2015 10.24am
From 1 April 2015 all NHS organisations are required to demonstrate how they are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas. The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) will help organisations to achieve this.
All NHS organisations will be required to demonstrate through the nine-point WRES metric how they are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas.
This follows on from the agreement that the Equality Delivery System (EDS) and the WRES would be made mandatory requirements in the 2015/16 standard NHS contract.
NHS Employers has been working closely with both NHS England and employers to ensure that the metrics and the associated guidance are clear and comprehensive.
Paul Deemer, head of diversity, equality and human rights at NHS Employers, hopes that these new measures will lead to a step change in this area: "Those of us working in the field of diversity know how difficult it is to bring change in the area of race equality. We only have to look at the challenges that still face the police service over 15 years after the Macpherson Inquiry. But the one thing we know from our experiences in all areas of diversity is that change will happen quickest and most effectively where there is strong, visible and clear leadership. The NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard is built on strong, visible and clear leadership. Coupled with the Equality Delivery System, all NHS organisations now have a good, transparent governance and accountability structure to build their work in this area upon. We will support NHS organisations to implement these two elements in the coming years and look forward to speedy progress."
Full details of the metric and the associated guidance and FAQs can be found on the NHS England website.