NHS Equality and Diversity Council publish the workplace experiences of BME and white staff

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02 / 6 / 2016 4pm

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council today published the inaugural report of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES). The report presents 2015 NHS staff survey findings, and details the experiences of BME and white staff from every trust across England.

The report looks at four indicators across acute trusts, ambulance trusts, community provider trusts, and mental health and learning disability trusts. The results show variations across the health service with some trusts making progress, whilst others still have a considerable way to go. 

Key Findings

  • Higher percentages of BME staff report the experience of harassment, bullying or abuse from staff.
  • BME staff are generally less likely than white staff to express the belief that their trust provides equal opportunities for career progression or promotion.
  • BME staff are more likely to report they are experiencing discrimination at work from a manager, team leader or other colleague.
  • Community provider trusts and mental health and learning disability trusts generally report a higher percentage of BME staff experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from patients, their relatives or the general public.

NHS Employers is supporting trusts to improve their performance through the diversity and inclusion programme, offering guidance and advice in good practice and diversity management.

At the NHS Confederation annual conference and exhibition 2016, a session called Focusing on workforce race equality to deliver better care outcomes and performance will explore progress on the implementation of the WRES. You can get more information about the session and the annual conference on the NHS Confederation website.

You can find more information and the full report from the NHS Equality and Diversity Council on the NHS England website.

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