Workforce race equality standard

In July 2014, the NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced that it had agreed on action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds had equal access to career opportunities and received fair treatment within the workplace.

This move followed on from reports that highlighted gaps in the number of BME people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population.

After engaging and consulting with key stakeholders including other NHS organisations across England, the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) was mandated through the NHS standard contract from April 2015. Since then, the WRES requires organisations like MHCC to show progress against a number of indicators (nine in total) of workforce equality, including a specific one to address the low levels of BME Board representation.

Our annual publications

Our annual WRES reports show a comparison to the previous year’s position and our action plans describe how we intend to addresses any areas of improvement.

Where to find out more

You can learn more about WRES by watching this short video from the National WRES Implementation Team.

Video about the Workforce Race Equality Standard