Disability History Month - changing mindsets, embracing difference

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Join us in our campaign to support staff with disabilities and get involved in Disability History Month. Taking place 18 November – 20 December, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of staff with disabilities and also use this as a platform to run your own disability awareness campaign.

For the first time this year, NHS Employers and NHS England and NHS Improvement are supporting and promoting Disability History Month – an initiative that was originally started in 2010. 2010 was also the year that the Equality Act took effect.

Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion said:

“The NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard came into force last year and aims to embed the principles of the Equality Act and also the associated public sector equality duty into daily policies and practices across the whole health and social care sector. A big part of this is about educating and communicating key principles and messages to people.

An initiative like Disability History Month is a fantastic opportunity to do some of that education and communication. We hope that all health and social care organisations will use the next month to create spaces where people can discuss and talk about disability – in all its guises. Also, it’s a platform to share stories and good practice happening across the system in order to create truly inclusive workplaces.”

We have published a summary of some of the activities that organisations are doing during Disability History Month, along with workforce statistics, information and downloadable resources that you can use locally.

During the next month and on International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December) keep an eye on our website and on Twitter @NHSEmployers @NHSE_Diversity using the hashtag #DisabilityHistoryMonth and join the celebrations.

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