Following the introduction of the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) last year, we have published some new guidance on how to improve staff disability data locally and support disabled staff in the workplace.
The new guidanceprovides information on how employers can take steps to improve their staff disability data by using the recruitment process, manager engagement and data collection more effectively.
Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at Employers said, "Many people do not consider themselves to have a disability or long-term condition or are even aware that their particular condition is classified as a disability. We know from talking to staff and managers at various events that many people are unaware that cancer and a whole range of mental health conditions are recognised as disabilities. We also know that around 15 per cent of NHS staff actively choose not to share whether they have a disability or not, and for another 15 per cent of staff there is no information held on their employment record."
"We want to create workplaces where disabled people are welcomed and feel comfortable to discuss these issues with their colleagues and managers. We encourage all employers to create more opportunities, whether during supervision or appraisals, or by allowing disabled staff to network and talk about their lived experiences. We hope that staff with disabilities will then choose to record their information on ESR, so that we have a better picture of the numbers of people with disabilities in the workforce. This will then allow us to make workplace adjustments where necessary and to develop policies which help everyone.”
Access the new improving staff disability data guidance and learn more about the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard and how your organisation can support disability in the workplace. You may also be interested in joining one of our WDES share and learn webinars taking place in February and March 2020. .