Disability Summit Learning Hub

Disability summit 2019

Meet some of the exhibitors who will be part of our Disability Summit Learning Hub on 30 April 2019. Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself to these organisations at the event, ask them about their work, access learning and solutions which can help support disability in the workplace. 


AccessAble is a national disability organisation providing detailed accessibility information to over 50,000 places across the UK. The AccessAble website and app is used by over 1.8 million people each year.

AccessAble works with over 60 NHS trusts to survey and publish accessibility information to hospitals, community sites and inpatient services. This information enhances patient experience and helps trusts improve the accessibility of their estate. 

Contact: hello@accessable.co.uk                       Twitter: @AccessAbleUK


AKD is an international learning and development consultancy. We create innovative learning experiences that stimulate conversation, thinking and change.

We do this using a range of methodologies including game-based learning, great facilitation, creating apps and video production. Visit our website for more information.

Contact: mayowa.olufeko@akdsolutions.com     Twitter: @weareakd


AFSA is a membership led organisation for all fire and rescue services and partners. We provide exceptional services and support to our members through clear leadership and by delivering support that enables our members to effectively mainstream equality, diversity and inclusion and reduce inequalities that staff and communities experience.

We believe that as a staff network AFSA has the power to do good and to make a difference. When fire and rescue service does well, society prospers. As a key provider the fire service can create opportunities, build, innovate and cultivate a better future for the next generation.

Contact: afsafrs@yahoo.co.uk                            Twitter: @AsianFSA

Brain in hand

Employees with autism, mental health difficulties, brain injury and other hidden impairments are often under-represented in the workplace. Difficulty predicting when someone might struggle, and here to target help, represents significant challenges for both organisations and the employee.

We use a unique combination of technology and professional support; to enable people to adopt a greater level of self-management, overcome their challenges and access help whenever and wherever they need it.

Brain in Hand is available through the Department of Work & Pensions’ Access to Work scheme.

Contact: heathercook@braininhand.co.uk        Twitter: @brain_in_hand


The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion is the UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. We work with our Members to achieve and promote best practice. We focus on delivering high quality practical advice, products and services. We help organisations turn theory into practice. Working with business closely we understand the real issues faced by employers and the barriers you come across when trying to make change happen.

Contact: info@enei.org.uk                                Twitter: @en4ei


Evenbreak is a social enterprise developed by disabled people to help the world of work become more accessible and inclusive. We offer a specialist job board where NHS organisations can be positioned as ‘inclusive employers of choice’ and attract more talented disabled candidates to a range of roles. Those candidates can find work with employers who will value their skills.  

We also have a best practice portal to help trusts become more competent and confident around disability. Together, these services will help NHS organisations towards achieving the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard.

Contact: info@evenbreak.co.uk                       Twitter: @Evenbreak

Focus Games

Focus Games create unique game-based toolkits that encourage learning, discussion and change in health and social care. Our games are the ideal resource to help staff and service-users address disability and diversity in a creative and relaxed environment. Our games enable small groups to discuss issues that are directly relevant to them, helping to improve leadership, team working, and staff wellbeing.

We combine board games, digital games, apps and websites to create blended learning resources for staff and service-users.

Contact: info@focusgames.com                      Twitter: @FocusGames

Leonard Cheshire

We support individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life — opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe. What we do goes far beyond providing social care. We help people find and remain in employment. We build confidence through information, advice and guidance, and to break down barriers through access to computers and adapted IT equipment.

Contact: info@leonardcheshire.org              Twitter: @leonardcheshire

National Association Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN)

NADSN is a super-network connecting and representing disabled staff networks. Focussed on the further and higher education sector NADSN is open to any individual and organisation interested in the equality of disabled staff. NADSN is a non-governmental, independent, self-determining, unincorporated association, made up of impassioned people! We aim to provide a collective platform to share experiences and good practice, examine challenges and opportunities. Through collaborative activities we promote disability equality and campaign for disabled staff networks to be supported in the workplace, raising issues at national level.

We endorse the Social Model of Disability, through our accessible conferences we bring disabled people together and organise activities which challenge stereotypes. NADSN has created regional hubs for members to meet each other and supports research projects which aim to improve the experiences of disabled staff. We have an internet site with information, resources, documents, blogs and useful links for disabled staff in accessible formats. NADSN’s Terms of Reference. 

Contact: uk.nadsn@gmail.com                     Twitter: @nadsn_uk

NHS England - WDES Team 

NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England, our areas of work cover the NHS Long Term plan, cancer, mental health, urgent and emergency care, primary care and integrated care.

The Workforce Disability Equality Standard came into force on 1 April 2019 and is a set of ten specific measures (metrics) that will enable NHS organisations to compare the experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff. It is mandated through the NHS Standard Contract and is restricted to NHS trusts and foundation trusts for the first two years of implementation.

The WDES is important, because research shows that a motivated, included and valued workforce helps to deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and improved patient safety. The WDES will support positive change within the NHS and enable a more inclusive and supportive workplace for disabled staff. It will highlight good practice and compare performance regionally and by type of trust.

Contact: england.wdes@nhs.net                Twitter: @NHSEngland  

Patient Voices       

The Patient Voices Programme was founded by Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner in 2003 in response to the urgent need for better communication and understanding of all healthcare stakeholders’ experiences of care. Bringing the ancient tradition of storytelling to life via new technologies, Patient Voices offers new possibilities for involving and engaging patients, carers and service users, clinicians, managers and leaders as a means of bringing about transformational change. Empowering them to share their stories in their own words provides the basis for organizational development, quality improvement and leadership programmes founded on the experiences of those involved in the system.

The Patient Voices stories serve to remind us all of our shared humanity and of the need for understanding, kindness and compassion. The Patient Voices Programme has won a number of awards, including the 2010 British Medical Journal award for Excellence in Healthcare Education. A book about Patient Voices, Cultivating Compassion: how digital storytelling is transforming healthcare (2nd edition), has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Contact: pip@pilgrimprojects.co.uk            Twitter: @PatientVoicesUK  


PurpleSpace is the global professional development hub for Disability Employee Networks/Resource Groups and allies. We help organisations to be become disability confident from the inside out by supporting the development of the people who know best how it feels to work in a disability confident organisation – your own disabled employees.

We work across all industries and sectors to create vibrant and effective networks and resource groups – which then build the exceptional engagement strategies that stimulate better conversations about all aspects of disability and business with their internal champions, allies and executive sponsors: building disability confidence from the inside out.

Contact: info@purplespace.org                  Twitter: @MyPurpleSpace


Questback is a complete feedback system that helps companies transform customer, employee and market research programs. Used by thousands of companies, including one-third of the Forbes list. Questback is the smarter, faster way to manage feedback. Get the software, services and human support you need to manage customer, employee and market feedback – all in one place. People matter - get their insight.

Twitter:  @Questback

Royal College of Nursing

As the voice of nursing in the UK, we understand the challenges facing healthcare professionals who are disabled at work.

Visit our stand to hear more about our work on equality and inclusion; influenced by the lived experiences of our members and meet Wendy an equalities lead, and Holly a peer support officer.

Access resources and explore how we can support you as you prepare for the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard.

Contact: peersupport@rcn.org.uk             Twitter: @RCN_inclusion



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