The main purposes of the standard are:
- To produce action plans to close any gaps in workplace experience between white and black and ethnic minority (BME) staff.
- To improve BME representation at senior and Board level of the organisation where the representation does not reflect the population it serves.
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have two roles in relation to the WRES: as commissioners of NHS services and as employers. The CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework requires CCGs to give assurance to NHS England that their providers are implementing and using the WRES.
CCGs are not required by the NHS standard contract to fully apply the WRES to themselves as some CCG workforces may be too small for the WRES indicators to either work properly or to comply with the Data Protection Act.
CCGs should commit to the principles of the WRES and apply as much of it as possible to their own workforce. In this way, CCGs can demonstrate good leadership, identify concerns within their workforces and set an example for their providers; that is the position we take. We have chosen to publish our Workforce Race Equality Standard reporting template after it was approved by our Governing Body in May 2018.
The WRES applies to all types of providers of non-primary healthcare services operating under the full length version of the NHS Standard Contract, and so is applicable to NHS providers, independent sector providers and voluntary sector providers.
The NHS standard contract, requires all providers of NHS services (other than primary care) to address the issue of workforce race inequality by implementing and using the WRES.
The provider must implement the National WRES and submit an annual report to the co-ordinating commissioner on its progress in implementing that standard.