Workforce Race Equality Standard 2022 Report Published

Access the WRES report which highlights the experience of black and minority ethnic (BME) people working in the NHS.

24 February 2023

NHS England has published the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) 2022 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. 

Report highlights 

  • An additional 27,500 BME staff are now in the service compared to the previous year. 
  • An increase in the percentage of BME staff experiencing harassment, bullying and abuse from patients, relatives and the public following an encouraging decrease the year before. 
  • Just 44.4 per cent of BME NHS staff believe their trust provides equal opportunities for career progression or promotion. This shows there is still a long way to go for NHS employers to facilitate true workplace equality for BME staff.

Responding to the publication of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) 2022 report, Joan Saddler OBE, director of partnerships and equality at the NHS Confederation, said:

“This analysis highlights that whilst important progress is being made, there’s still much to do to improve the experience of Black and Minority Ethnic BME) staff working in the NHS and to eradicate the scourge of racism from across the service". 

“NHS leaders are committed to ensuring tackling racism is intrinsic to all their work and the NHS Confederation is supporting them in making this commitment a reality through our EDI programme and our BME Leadership Network’s half-day conference ‘Courage in the face of discomfort: Anti-racism is the day job – let’s own it!.” 

Access the WRES 2022 Data Analysis Report and learn more about the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard. NHS England has also published The Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard (MWRES): the first five, which sets out practical actions based on data and evidence to tackle existing inequalities in the medical workforce.