The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is a programme of work undertaken by NHS England looking at the treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues across the NHS. WRES aims to better understand why BAME staff are treated less favourably than white staff in the workplace and to facilitate the closing of those gaps. Implementing WRES is a requirement for all NHS commissioners through the NHS standard contract.

As an organisation we’re working hard to ensure we continue to build an inclusive culture where diverse talent is appreciated and cared for. As a part of Surrey Heartlands Partnership of CCGs, we have about 500 members of staff, providing services and care for about 850,000 local people. We carry out a number of initiatives including our staff surveys to recognise how well we are doing and ensuring we strive to become better.

Progress on this important agenda of work is currently continuing and will form a key strand of the inclusion and diversity strategy the CCG is developing.