I recently attended the first Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES) conference held by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. It was well attended with 200 people including the executive team.
Yvonne Coghill, Director of WRES implementation in NHS England, was one of the speakers. She discussed the impact of biological weathering and micro aggressions – the global systems that perpetuate inequality and preserve the status quo.
Workshops focused on solutions to the WRES data specific to BSUH. They looked at each of the nine key indicators, compiling top action points. This will be collated and sent to all the attendees for comments and review.
There was great energy in the room and a commitment to change, with recognition that treating people with dignity and increasing staff engagement benefited staff and patient care.
It was somewhat ironic and hugely disappointing that, given the subject matter, BME staff were not fully represented there.