A suite of implementation resources and workshop dates have been launched to support NHS trusts and foundations trusts implement the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES).
The WDES is a set of specific measures (metrics) that will enable organisations to compare the employment experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff. It will apply to all NHS trusts and foundation trusts from April 2019 and is a key step for NHS organisations to improve equality for the NHS workforce.
WDES implementation resources
NHS Employers has been working with NHS England to develop a suite of practical resources to support organisations with the implementation of the new WDES standard. The WDES resources include a summary of the ten metrics, FAQs, a factsheet, a quick guide to implementation and a briefing presentation. A more in-depth document providing technical guidance will be published separately.
Regional WDES workshops
NHS England are facilitating a series of regional WDES workshops in February and March, to introduce the WDES, the metrics, the reporting and key areas for improving the experiences of disabled staff in the NHS. The workshops are aimed at equality leads, human resource and organisational development leads and those with a responsibility for ensuring that the WDES is implemented.
Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at NHS Employers said:
"The reference to the WDES in the recently published Long Term Plan shows that the subject of disability in the workplace is going to be a key priority for the NHS for the foreseeable future. The ambition is that the WDES will foster more equitable and open workplace cultures where the voice of disabled staff is heard and they can raise concerns about issues like career progression and bullying and harassment within a supportive environment."
Visit NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard to learn more about the WDES, access the suite of WDES resources and to book your place on a regional workshop.
To tie in with the launch of the WDES, we will be holding our annual Disability Summit on 30 April 2019 in London. Visit the event page to find out more and to book your place.