New case study on supporting staff who are shielding during COVID-19

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In this new case study find out what Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust did to support staff with underlying health conditions that needed to shield during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The case study highlights some of the steps the trust took to identify which staff were affected, how they supported managers through online sessions to help improve their understanding and the support they offered to staff that were affected.

Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers said: "A fundamental principle of the Workforce Disability Equality Standard is that we collectively as employers, need to better understand the lived experience of our staff with disabilities. Never has this been more true than during this pandemic. People’s lives - including their working lives, have been turned upside down and subjected to a host of new rules and regulations as they try to learn how to live with COVID-19. This case study demonstrates the benefits of responding quickly to this challenge and the importance of involving disabled staff in that process.”

Learn more by reading the case study and access further information on supporting staff with disabilities by reading our reasonable adjustments guidance.

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