NHS England and NHS Improvement has published the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) 2020 Data Analysis Report for NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups.
Published annually, the report highlights the experience of black and minority ethnic (BME) people working in the NHS, using data gathered across nine indicators, including a comparison against previous years’ data.
The report shows some improvements over the last three years, but still reveals higher levels of harassment and bullying being reported by BME staff compared to white staff, and less BME staff being shortlisted for jobs compared to white staff.
As trusts begin to develop their plans for improving organisational culture and better protecting the health and wellbeing of staff, they need to look at their individual datasets and use it to develop evidence-based action plans around their race equality agenda.
Joan Saddler OBE, director of partnerships and equality, and co-facilitator of the NHS Confederations' BME Leadership Network said:
“For five years WRES data has helpfully held up a mirror to the NHS, detailing a sustained lack of career opportunities for BME staff, highlighting worse day-to-day experiences of working in the NHS, and showing the higher proportion of BME staff experiencing bullying and harassment from colleagues and people using services. As we reset services and renew our commitment to workforce wellbeing, NHS boards should ask themselves whether this ‘persistence of outcomes’, as noted in the report, is acceptable.”