As part of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2022 and our work to improve experiences for disabled staff in the workplace (supporting the Workforce Disability Equality Standard), we hosted a webinar in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement. The webinar's aims were to:
- raise awareness of the lived experiences and challenges facing deaf staff and those with hearing loss or tinnitus working within the health and social care sector
- share evidence-based research, tips and good practice examples of how to support deaf staff, and those with hearing loss and tinnitus, including patients.
The webinar was open to all, in particular:
- HR professionals
- deaf staff
- disabled staff
- staff network chairs
- equality, diversity and inclusion leads.
Watch the webinar and access the slides
Download the webinar slides and watch the webinar recording below which includes a British Sign Language interpreter. To access the captions please click the toolbar at the bottom and select 'subtitles/closed captions' to activate.
Read these blogs by Dr Fatin Izagaren and Dr Helen Grote featured in the BMJ Covid-19: The communication needs of D/deaf healthcare workers and patients are being forgotten and Covid-19: The communication needs of D/deaf healthcare workers and patients are being forgotten
In addition, Carol McIndoe shares tips for making NHS environments more accessible for both deaf, disabled staff and patients.