Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES): Indicators for the NHS medical workforce

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A bespoke set of WRES indicators have been developed for the NHS medical workforce. This document outlines the rationale for these indicators and explains how they will work. A full set of data against these indicators will be analysed and presented as part of the annual WRES data report for NHS trusts later this year.

The WRES was introduced in 2015 to ensure employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.


There are eleven indicators for the medical workforce. Four of the indicators reflect variation in career progression and pay, six represent medical staff perceptions of how they are treated by colleagues, employing organisations and patients, and one highlights the diversity of the councils and boards of medical institutions.