Employers to be rated by adherence to equality standards for BME staff

All organisations that employ staff working in the NHS will be judged on how well they treat staff from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities compared with non-BME employees

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All organisations that employ staff working in the NHS will be judged on how well they treat staff from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities compared with non-BME employees.

The Workforce Race Equality Standard, which comes into effect this week, has been developed by researcher Roger Kline, along with bodies such as NHS England and NHS Employers. Mr Kline is the author of Snowy White Peaks, a report published last year on discrimination in the NHS.

The standard contains nine equality indicators, including the likelihood of BME staff entering formal disciplinary processes, being appointed from shortlists and accessing non-mandatory training. Performance on the standard will contribute towards the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) rating of how well a trust is led.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 29, issue 31

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