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Annual Equality and Diversity Reports

The Equality Act 2010 requires the Trust to publish an annual equality and diversity report to demonstrate how it is meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty.  You can download copies of our annual reports by clicking on the links below;

WRES Delivery Report 2020-21

Equality Annual Report 2018-19

Workforce Equality Report 2017-2018  

Workforce Equality Report 2016-2017 

Workforce Equality Report 2015-2016 

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

Since its introduction in 2015, the WRES has required NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to self assess, annually, on nine indicators of workforce race equality; these include indicators related to BME representation at senior and board level. A national WRES team has been established to provide direction and tailored support to NHS Trusts, and increasingly to the wider healthcare system, enabling local NHS and national healthcare organisations to:

  • Identify the gap in treatment and experience between white and BME staff;
  • make comparisons with similar organisations on the level of progress over time;
  • take remedial action on causes of ethnic disparities in WRES indicator outcomes

The main purpose of the WRES is to help local, and national, NHS organizations to review their data against the nine WRES indicators, to produce action plans to close the gaps in work experience between White and Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) staff, and to improve BME representation at the Board level of the organisation.

WRES Action Plan 2023

Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES)

The WDES is a set of ten specific measures (metrics) that will enable NHS organisations to compare the experiences of disabled and non disabled staff. This information will then be used by the relevant NHS organisation to develop a local action plan and enable them to demonstrate progress against the indicators of disability equality.

The WDES is mandated through the NHS Standard Contract. It is restricted to NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts for the first two years of implementation. There are 10 WDES metrics, which cover such areas as the Board, recruitment, bullying, and harassment, engagement, and resources have been developed to prepare and support NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts for the implementation of the WDES, which came into force on 1 April 2019

Gender Pay Gap Report

From 2017, any organisation that has 250 or more employees must publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap.

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average earnings of men and women, expressed relative to men’s earnings. For example, ‘women earn 15% less than men per hour’.

Employers must both:

  • publish their gender pay gap data and a written statement on their public-facing website
  • report their data to the government online - using the gender pay gap reporting service

 Equality Delivery System 2

To demonstrate how the Trust is working to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty, the Trust adopted and utilised the NHS Equality Delivery System 2 (EDS2), which aims to demonstrate how the Trust is meeting the three aims of the Equality Duty. The main purpose of the EDS2 is to help local NHS organizations, in discussion with local partners and people, review and improve their equality and diversity performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 and help to deliver on the Public Sector Equality Duty.

The EDS2 has 18 outcomes that are grouped under the following four goals: Goal 1 Better health outcomes, Goal 2 Improved patient access and experience, Goal 3 A representative and supported workforce, Goal 4 Inclusive leadership.

Please see EDS2 reports here:

EDS2 Action Plan 2017-2019

EDS2 report 2016

Accessible Information Standard

The Accessible Information Standard (AIS) aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss get information that they can access and understand, and any communication support that they need from health and care services. The Standard tells organizations how they should make sure that patients and service users, and their carers and parents can access and understand the information they are given. 

This includes making sure that people get information in accessible formats. By law (section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012), all organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care must follow the Standard in full as of 1st August 2016 onwards. Organisations that commission NHS care and / or adult social care, for example, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), must also support the implementation of the Standard by ensuring providers are compliant with the standard.

The Trust has a plan in place to ensure that it is compliant with the AIS and progress is monitored at the Equality and Diversity Board.

Below is a further list of action plans and published reports and data that relate to Equality and Diversity.