NHS Employers has been working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions and NHS England to encourage trusts to migrate across to the new Disability Confident standard.
The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents that disabled people can bring to your workplace. The new standard is similar to the old 'two ticks' system, but asks employers to provide slightly different evidence of their commitment to employing people with a disability.
Organisations commit to specific core actions to be a
Disability Confident employer. This includes offering at least one activity to get the right people within their organisation; at least one activity to keep and develop staff and; undertaking and successfully completing the Disability Confident self assessment.
Trusts are encouraged to acquire the new Disability Confident standard as soon as possible as in readiness for the forthcoming Workforce Disability Equality Standard.
As part of the Disability Confident campaign the DWP has also produced a range of
promotional materials for employers and stakeholders to use on their internal communications, on their websites and to share with their customers and networks.
For more details on the scheme, go to the Disability Confident website.
The Government Digital Service accessibility team has also published a series of guides on making it easier to build digital services that are accessible for everyone. These include an introduction to making your service accessible and a guide to testing for accessibility.
For more information visit the Government Digital Service website.