What is the Workforce Disability Equality
As set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, respect, equality and
diversity are central to changing culture and are at the heart of
the NHS workforce implementation plan.
The NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) is
designed to improve workplace experience and career opportunities
for Disabled people working, or seeking employment, in the National
Health Service (NHS). The WDES follows the NHS Workforce Race
Equality Standard (WRES) as a tool and an enabler of change.
Through a series of evidence-based Metrics that will provide NHS
organisations with a snapshot of the experiences of their Disabled
staff in key areas. By providing comparative data between Disabled
and non-disabled staff, this information can be used to understand
where key differences lie; and will provide the basis for the
development of action plans, enabling organisations to track
progress on a year by year basis.
The WDES has been commissioned by the Equality and Diversity
Council (EDC) and developed through a pilot and extensive
engagement with NHS Trusts and key stakeholders. It is mandated
through the NHS Standard Contract.
Making a difference for disabled staff
The WDES is important, because research shows that a motivated,
included and valued workforce helps to deliver high quality patient
care, increased patient satisfaction and improved patient
The implementation of the WDES will enable us to better
understand the experiences of our Disabled staff. It will support
positive change for existing employees and enable a more inclusive
environment for Disabled people working in the NHS.
Below are the results of our first submission and the agreed
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital