Workforce race equality standard

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) pledged in July 2014 to ensure employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities, and receive fair treatment in the workplace. Two measures to improve equality across the NHS began in April 2015.

• Workforce Race Equality Standard

Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2)

Both are mandatory requirements embedded within the NHS contract and subject to regulation.

Our trust is working towards the EDS2 Standards through our Health Assure System, designed to capture and record information on both the EDS2 and WFRES and allows key staff to update information. Training will be rolled out to all relevant staff to use this recording system.

The Workforce Race Equality Standard supports three EDS2 goals:

  • Better health outcomes
  • Improved patient access and experience
  • Representative and supported workforce.

The WFRES is a tool to identify gaps between BME and white staff experiences in the workplace; this is measured through a set of metrics. In closing the gaps, this will achieve:

  • a tangible progress in tackling discrimination
  • the promotion of a positive culture
  • all staff being valued for their contribution to the NHS.

This will provide an environment in the NHS which leads to more high quality patient care and improved health outcomes for all.

For more information please contact: Paul Fitzgerald, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, on 01234 243200.

Our completed EEAST Workforce Race Equality Standard template, summary and action plan are available to download below.

Ethnicity data in relation to the WRES requirements

To view our ethnicity data, simply click on the file below under Useful Links called 'Diversity Data Breakdown 2016-17' or 'Diversity stats by month'.

Gender pay

Gender pay figures for the Trust are included with the Diversity Breakdown file attached below.