Next Day Briefing: 2021 Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) report

On 10 May 2022, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) published its third annual report for the Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES). This year’s report sees the addition of complementary analyses to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of CQC ‘well-led’ ratings and Disability Confident accreditation on equality and inclusion for disabled staff. It is worth noting that the full report does not include the most recent (2021) data for those WDES metrics taken directly from the NHS staff survey, and instead benchmarks against 2020 staff survey data. In this briefing, we have included 2021 staff survey data, published in late March this year, to provide more up to date information and trends where possible.