Employers encouraged to increase recruitment of people with learning disabilities

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20 / 11 / 2015 10.52am

To support the employment of people with learning disabilities in the NHS, one of the key priorities in the Five Year Forward View, NHS England and NHS Employers have jointly issued a letter to senior leaders to update them on resources that are available and the current work being carried out. 

The letter has been signed by Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer at NHS England and Danny Mortimer, chief executive at NHS Employers. It informs trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups of the recently published tools and guidance, case studies and information about events.  

The letter calls for organisations to share their existing work in order to build partnerships and good practice. Senior leaders are being encouraged to show their current level of commitment to employing people with learning disabilities in their organisation by signing up to the pledge

NHS Employers and NHS England will invite trusts to meet with them in June 2016, one year after the programme began, to discuss the progress that has been made and next steps.  

Engagement events are being held in Manchester, on the 25th November, and London, on the 9 December, to further promote the work.

If you have any questions please email the NHS Learning Disabilities Employment team.

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