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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.

You can also view and download our  pdf WRES Report and Action Plan (189 KB) and  pdf WRES Reporting Template (582 KB) by clicking on the document titles to open the PDFs.

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

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