Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES)

NHS England introduced the Workforce Race Quality Standard (WRES), which requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality. The WRES will ensure that all healthcare staff are treated fairly and with respect, which will have a positive impact on patient care.

These videos from NHS England highlight the leadership commitment given to the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard.

As part of our Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) and statutory duties each year we produce a report analysing our staff make-up. As a CCG we have we have prepared  the WRES report for internal use to enable improvement to the treatment and experience of BME staff to be made, we have analysed the data for 2016 and 2017 WRES reports and reported on its implications and what steps should be taken to address gaps between the treatment and experience of white and BME staff through an action plan.

Previously Staffordshire CCGs would assess staff demographics on a CCG basis this would reduce the amount of information the CCGs published due to low staff numbers and provisions under the General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018, where publication might reasonably lead to the identification of individuals.

WRES Reporting Templates

Implementation of the WRES is a requirement on both NHS commissioners and NHS provider partner organisations. In light of the inclusion of WRES in the NHS standard contract and in the CCG Assurance Framework, NHS organisations should use the latest WRES Reporting Template to respond to the WRES metrics.

Previous reporting is shown below. North Staffordshire CCG and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs report jointly on the WRES to NHS England, due to overall small workforce figures and compliance  with the Data Protection Act. Neighbouring or similar (comparator) CCGs may wish to submit a jointly co-ordinated WRES report and action plan; this can counter any  potential risk of smaller workforce numbers.

Meeting Due Regard

‘Due regard’ in this context refers to the CCG  giving proportionality, relevance and sufficient  attention  to implementing the WRES.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCG Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCGs have two roles in relation to WRES as commissioners and employers. 

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a useful tool to identify, monitor and reduce any disparities in experience and outcomes for NHS employees and job applicants of different ethnicities. The Standard tracks progress to identify and help eliminate discrimination in the treatment and to promote equality of opportunity for Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees. 

The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent 6 CCGs publicly combine their workforce data when reporting on WRES . But even with combined workforce data, the CCGs need to consider how low staff numbers or grouping staff by characteristics could potentially identify individual staff. For this reason we publish figures as percentages. CCGs in their commissioning role, monitor their larger provider equality webpages for compliance against this standard. 

For more Information please visit NHS England Workforce Race Equality Standard 

2018-2019 WRES pdf Template (649 KB) & pdf Report (202 KB)

WRES Reporting Templates - previous years

 WRES Reporting Template 2017 - WRES Template 2017 

The CCGs' WRES report for 2017 -  pdf WRES Reporting Template August 2017 (582 KB) pdf
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CCGs’ WRES Action Plan 2017  pdf WRES action work plan 2017-18 (689 KB)

The WRES Reporting Template 2016 is designed to give an overview of the organisation’s 2016 WRES implementation (draft awaiting approvals by Joint ODC 20 September 2016)

The WRES Reporting Template 2015 is designed to give an overview of the organisation’s 2015 WRES implementation.

CCG Governing Body in Common WRES Statement of Commitment can be found here: latest  pdf Governing Body in Common Statement of Commitment Northern Staffs CCGs v1 (301 KB)

The WRES technical guidance document and all other WRES resources are available / further information can be found by following the link here to the NHS England WRES webpage.

NHS England have published two videos in order to highlight the leadership commitment given to the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).

To view the videos, please click on the links below.

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard

The Workforce Race Equality Standard - Why the NHS needs it

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