Our people are vital to our success and we take our responsibilities as a diverse employer seriously. We are pleased to publish the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report for 2016-17 for our pre-merger organisations (NEL CSU and SE CSU) The report, along with the wider workforce equality data, will be used to develop equality objectives and action plans.
The NHS Equality and Diversity Council of the Department of Health announced on 31 July 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.
The move follows recent reports which have highlighted disparities in the number of BME people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population.
It is within this context that NHS England took the decision to introduce a national workforce race equality standard as a clause in the 2015/16 contract, alongside the mandating of the refreshed Equality Delivery System (EDS2).
We signed up to WRES in 2015 and published our first baseline report in August 2015. The report provided race equality data on staff employed in the CSU and showed how we were performing against the nine WRES indicators.
We have completed our WRES for 2016-17 following a process of analysing the data on the nine indicators, of which four are specifically on workforce data. Four indicators are based on data derived from the national NHS Staff Survey results.
The 2016-17 report provides information about the progress the CSU has made on its 2015-16 WRES action plan and sets out an action plan for the year ahead.