Strategic thinking forum 17 September 2015


28 / 9 / 2015 3.32pm

The strategic forum met on 17 September and had detailed discussions centred on the following working title of the meeting disability and the NHS workplace. 

Dr Peter Ryan, Professor of Mental Health, Middlesex University , Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine,  shared his research that he was undertaking on behalf of NHS England. The research looks at the experience of disabled staff working in the NHS. His quantitative piece of research has drawn primarily upon two national data sets:

- 2014 NHS staff survey data 
- Electronic Staff Record (ESR) data held by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) describing the NHS workforce across England by region and various other categories 

The forum recommended the following key enablers to support the on-going research: 
  • More in-depth work looking at interventions, in particular how to involve staff and demonstrating what works.
  • Data collection in terms of quality of the data collected but also issues surrounding types of impairment, disclosure and measuring experience. 
  • The importance of linking change and culture and advancing an inclusive culture through learning and development. 
  • Looking externally to highlight good practice such as the Land Registry work on disability and the workplace.
  • To strengthen the methodology of the research through bringing people together to define the research further and agree on the interventions needed to make a difference.  

Learning Disabilities and Employment in the NHS, Katie Robinson: Deputy Director, Strategy Group NHS England.

Katie outlined the programme of work developed by NHS England to encourage NHS trusts to employ people with a learning disability. 

Following a discussion the forum agreed on the following key points:
  • The definition of learning disability will need to be looked at to reflect changes in society and thinking.
  • The forum were encouraged by the business case outlined in the programme and the use of UK examples.
  • Commitment to developing sustainable jobs.
  • The need to evaluate the interventions and the programme to demonstrate impact and long term sustainability. 

The next meeting will be held on the 8 December 2015

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