Listening to the voices of staff with disabilities case study

19 / 11 / 2020

In this case study University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) talk about the rationale for setting up a staff disability network and the impact this has had on both staff and patients.

The trust set up a disability staff network to improve equality and listen to the voices of disabled staff. They developed clear guidance for managers and supported them through online sessions to help improve their understanding, and also offered visible support for all staff affected.

As a result, the trust:

  • created a sense of belonging for colleagues with a disability
  • developed managers and colleagues skills
  • introduced a disability leave policy and colleague health passport
  • improved access to hospital sites for colleagues and service users
  • improved NHS Staff Survey indicators.

Learning gained as part of the NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion Partners programme has really helped the trust to learn from other organisations across the NHS and wider public and private sector, through formal learning and networking events, advice and support from the central team, and informal networks.

Find out more about this piece of work by reading this case study. 

For further information on supporting staff with disabilities visit our Disability History Month page and NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard resource library.

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