Welcome to the May edition of the HPMA membership newsletter.
Higher percentages of BME staff report the experience of harassment, bullying or abuse from staff, according to the NHS Equality and Diversity Council.
The inaugural report of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) found that 75% of all acute trusts show a higher percentage of BME staff being harassed, bullied or abused by staff in comparison to white staff. Just over 20% of acute trust returns show a lower percentage of BME staff report being harassed, bullied or abused by staff.
The report presents 2015 NHS staff survey findings, and details the experiences of BME and white staff from every trust across England.
The report looks at four indicators across acute trusts, ambulance trusts, community provider trusts, and mental health and learning disability trusts. The results show variations across the health service with some trusts making progress, whilst others still have a considerable way to go.
In 86% of acute trusts, a higher percentage of BME staff do not believe that their organisation offers equal opportunities for career progression or promotion in comparison with White staff.
Most acute trusts (81%) also report a higher proportion of BME staff having personally experienced discrimination from a manager, team leader or colleague than White staff.
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, and co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council said: “This report provides unvarnished feedback to every hospital and trust across the NHS about the experiences of their BME staff. It confirms that while some employers have got it right, for many others these staff survey results are both deeply concerning and a clear call to action. As this is the first year of the WRES, it provides a transparent baseline from which each employer will now be seeking to improve.”
Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation said: “The objective of inclusive employment practice wins virtually unanimous endorsement across the health and care sector, but today’s report challenges us to recognise that the gap between rhetoric and reality remains uncomfortably large. I believe that all NHS organisations should ensure that they are genuinely “equal opportunity employers” and should adopt policies which ensure that all staff members receive the same positive opportunities.”
The WRES survey will be published annually and the NHS nationally will support organisations, particularly those with lower scores, to continuously improve standards.