Summer 2021 issue
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Supporting Staff to Deliver the Best Care

It is important that ELFT does all it can to support the needs of staff. We know that a happy and motivated workforce helps to ensure great care for our patients and service users.

Staff campaigns

As part of the Trust’s Respect and Dignity at Work campaign, and COVID, Race and Privilege, Tanya Carter, Chief People Officer at ELFT, recently went on camera to talk about the Trust performance in the WRES* (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and her pledge (set in 2020) to reduce structural inequalities.

Continued efforts     

Work is continuing throughout the Trust to ensure that staff, irrespective of background, have access to the same opportunities as everyone else.

*What is the WRES?

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council announced on 31 July 2014 that it had agreed action to ensure employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.

This is important because studies show that a motivated, included, and valued workforce helps deliver high-quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and better patient safety.

In April 2015, after engaging and consulting with key stakeholders including other NHS organisations across England, the WRES was mandated through the NHS standard contract, starting in 2015/16. From 2017, independent healthcare providers are required to publish their WRES data.​

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