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AACE sign up to NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard


THE AMBULANCE service here in England has pledged its commitment to NHS England's Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in a renewed effort to address racial inequality.

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) represents all ten English NHS ambulance trusts, partners and associate members from devolved nations.

Each trust will now focus on four WRES indicators - part of the NHS standard contract – and commit to short, medium and long term goals, which address the number of black and minority ethnic staff in workplaces.

The shortlist will address issues relating to abuse and harassment to bullying from patients and members of the public.

NHS England has invested £2m over two years (2015-17) in the WRES programme to identify and share best practice building on what Trusts are doing to improve recruitment, Board membership, and tackle bullying of BME staff. This includes training and developing 75 champions based in trusts who will help reduce inequality, spread best practice and improve patient care.

All NHS Commissioners and provider organisations (including the private sector) are required to implement and publish data on the WRES Standard – a summary of the gap between the treatment and experience of White and BME staff, against nine metrics.

Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service and the diversity and inclusion lead for the AACE, said; "This is a watershed moment for ambulance services as we have made a joint and determined commitment to improve the experiences of our black and minority ethnic colleagues."

"Equality in our ranks does not only make us fair and attractive employers, but also excellent healthcare providers. We serve diverse communities and our workforce should reflect this."

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