NHS Oldham CCG

NHS Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES)

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on 31st July 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.

The move follows recent reports which have highlighted disparities in the number of BME people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population.

The Equality and Diversity Council pledged its commitment, subject to consultation with the NHS, to implement the  Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) to improve equality across the NHS from 1st April 2015.

The WRES requires organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators. There are nine metrics. Four of the metrics are specifically on workforce data and four are based on data derived from the national NHS Staff Survey indicators. The staff survey information will highlight any differences between the experience and treatment of white and BME staff in the NHS. The final metric requires provider organisations to ensure that their Boards are broadly representative of the communities they serve. The first reports for WRES were published on organisational websites by 1st July 2015.

CCG's are required to publish a second report with workforce data (up to 1st April 2016) which also covers the Greater Manchester Shared Service. This report identifies any shortcomings. The information includes a comparison with the 2015 position, and will be followed by an Action Plan to address areas for improvement

Oldham CCG is committed to this agenda and want to ensure that this is clinically led. Therefore, to ensure the Action Plan goes through the appropriate governance processes, Oldham CCG will publish it here by 1st August 2016.

You can access the following link to find out more about the NHS WRES and a report on the 2015 findings of the WRES nationally by following this link:-

http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/gov/equality-hub/equality-standard/

Or you can contact HR Business Manager Julie Kernaghan Julie.kernaghan@nhs.net or EDHR Business Partner Rosie Kingham rosie.kingham@nhs.net for more information regarding this.