Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) requires
organisations providing NHS services to show progress against
a number of indicators of 'workforce equality'.
The focus is on complying with implementing the standard, as
well as helping to improve the wider culture of the NHS to
benefit all staff and patients.
This standard seeks to tackle one particular aspect of equality
- the consistently less favourable treatment of those who identify
themselves as Black, Asian or from a Minority
National research shows that those from a Black, Asian
or Minority Ethnic background are:
The WRES captures and publishes information on various
aspects of race equality, including:
The WRES uses indicators (measures) of an organisation's
workforce, including a Board membership indicator, to gauge the
current state of 'workforce race equality'.
County Durham and Darlington hospitals will use the WRES to
track progress to identify and help eliminate discrimination in the
treatment of Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic
The WRES is not intended to provide a blueprint for how good
practice can be achieved. However, it does provide a platform
and direction that encourages and enables NHS organisations to seek
and address any difference in performance. It will be used to
benchmark different organisations across the NHS.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham