We have a longstanding commitment to ensuring that our services and employment practices are fair, accessible and appropriate for all patients, visitors and carers in the community we serve, as well as the talented and diverse workforce we employ.
We are committed to providing an environment equally welcoming to people of all backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and religions. Our We Care standards and commitments help us to achieve this aim. Find out more.
You can read our Equality and Diversity - Employment Data Report here.
Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
In July 2014, the NHS confirmed the introduction of a Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).
Effective from April 2015, the WRES establishes Workforce Indicators and associated metrics against which NHS organisations must collect and analyse data.
This analysis must then inform appropriate action and intervention to address any shortcomings between the relative treatment and experience of White and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff.
Please download the WRES report here.
What is the Equality Act 2010?
In October 2010, the Equality Act came into force. The Equality Act 2010 harmonises and replaces previous legislation (such as the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and ensures consistency in what we need to do to create fair and inclusive environment for our patients and staff.
The Equality Act 2010 covers the same groups that were protected by previous equality legislation – age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity – these are now called “protected characteristics”. The Equality Act also extends some protections to groups not previously covered, and strengthens particular aspects of equality law.
The “Protected Characteristics” are as follows:
- sex (gender)
- gender reassignment
- ethnic origin – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality
- religion or belief – this includes lack of belief
- sexual orientation
- marital status
- pregnancy and maternity