The Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) consulted upon a Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) for the NHS. This was in response to the evidence of systemic workforce race discrimination in the NHS. (Kline, R. 2013; 2014) and the evidence of the impact of workforce race discrimination on patient experience and care (Dawson, 2009: West, M 2012).
This standard was widely consulted upon over a three month period with key stakeholders and was seen as a positive step forward.
The WRES has now been included in the 2015/2016 NHS standard contract.
The WRES requires NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Board representation.
As a provider organisation we should provide an annual report to our Co-ordinating Commissioner outlining our progress on the WRES. In addition we must publish additional annual statistics to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators.
Provision of information in languages and formats that are appropriate to the individual
Support for verbal communication in the form of appropriate high quality interpretation
Timely facilitation of health and care consultations supported with relevant communication aids
To view Care Plus Group’s Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Report please click here
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