NHS staff experiencing discrimination at work
1. Main facts and figures
in 2017, staff from the Other ethnic group were twice as likely as White staff to report that they had experienced discrimination at work from colleagues in the last 12 months; 15% of staff from the Other ethnic group, compared with 7% of White staff (including White ethnic minorities) said they had experienced discrimination at work from colleagues in the last 12 months
in all regions and types of NHS trust, staff from the Other ethnic group were more likely than White staff to have experienced discrimination in the last 12 months
The ethnic categories used in this data
For this data, the number of people surveyed (the ‘sample size’) was too small to draw any firm conclusions about specific ethnic categories. Therefore, the data is broken down into the following 2 broad categories:
- White – White ethnic groups (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other – all other ethnic minorities
2. By ethnicity and area
3. By ethnicity and type of trust
|Type of NHS trust||White||Other|
|Community provider trusts||5||12|
|Hospital trusts (also known as acute)||7||15|
|Mental health trusts||6||13|
235 NHS trusts took part in the survey. In 2 trusts, there were fewer than 11 responses from staff in the Other ethnic group, and so the results have not been included. Staff were sent a paper questionnaire or an email containing a link to an online questionnaire.
The survey was administered by the Survey Coordination Centre on behalf of NHS England.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
The data doesn’t include figures from trusts where fewer than 11 staff from either the White or Other ethnic group responded to the survey.
Rounding Percentages are given to the nearest whole number. Unrounded figures are in the download file.
Further technical information
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Purpose of data source
The purpose of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is to collect information on differences in the experience and treatment of NHS staff depending on their ethnicity, with a view to reducing these differences.
The NHS Staff Survey has been conducted every year since 2003. It asks NHS staff in England about their experiences of working for the NHS. The survey provides information about staff experience across the NHS in England and aims to highlight it to stakeholders and employers. Participation is mandatory for NHS trusts.
6. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, NHS trust, NHS trust code, geography, NHS trust type, numerator, denominator, value, comments