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Race equality in the NHS: a plan for progress

The second report of the Workforce Race Equality Standard has found signs of improvement in some trusts, while others have a long way to go. What is clear now is what works – honest assessment, strong senior leadership and tailored support for individuals.
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The second report of the Workforce Race Equality Standard has found signs of improvement in some trusts, while others have a long way to go. What is clear now is what works – honest assessment, strong senior leadership and tailored support for individuals

Two years ago it became compulsory for NHS organisations to show how they are addressing race equality for their staff. With the aim of closing the gap between the experiences of black and white staff, the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) mandates employers to chart their progress on issues such as bullying and harassment, gaining promotion, training opportunities and black and minority ethnic (BME) representation on trust boards.

But is it making a difference? ‘What’s measured matters,’ says NHS England's WRES implementation programme director Yvonne Coghill.

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