The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a set of nine indicators of race equality. They were introduced in April 2015 for all NHS providers. The long term aim of the standard is to highlight potential differences in workforce representation and experience between white and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) staff, and to close those gaps. This supports our ongoing work across MCH to ensure that we are fair and representative of the communities we support. It’s the first phase of a wider programme of work to be introduced across all recognised equality strands.

Our WRES figures, detailed below and on our website,will support us in ensuring that we are able to recruit from the widest possible pool of people and that the experience of all staff working for us is great. This will have a positive impact on your welfare, on our reputation as a genuinely values-led organisation and on our patients – it’s been demonstrated that a decrease in discrimination against BAME staff is linked with higher levels of patient satisfaction. We want to be an example of best practice in the NHS and beyond.

We’re proud to be a fair, forward thinking and well-respected community provider and employer of choice. Thank you in advance to everyone who will take action to maintain this reputation.