NHS organisations can access resources to ensure they offer the strongest support they can to potential and future employees with disabilities. Doing so is crucial in ensuring your recruitment is as diverse as possible, and that your workforce can best reflect the community it serves.
Access to Work
Employers can support employees in accessing and staying in work through funding for things like equipment and travel through the government's Access to Work scheme. The programme is delivered by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) to provide support to individuals with a disability or health condition that affects them in work. This scheme is employee facing and must be applied for directly by an employee in partnership with their employer. Assistance with establishing Access to Work is one aspect of the support offered by a partnership with JCP. Find out what other support you can access from a partnership on our JCP webpages. Further information on Access to Work can be accessed via the government website.
Work Choice can support you to ensure employees with disabilities do not have to give up work if Access to Work and reasonable adjustments made by the employer have not been successful in supporting them. Work Choice could support you in a number of ways including, offering support where employees are at risk of losing their job due to disability related issues and helping you to employ individuals with disabilities who need specialist support. NHS trusts may also be eligible for wage incentives as part of Work Choice. Find out more about the programme via the government website.
Disability Confident campaign
Disability Confident is a campaign delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to support employers with recruiting and retaining people with disabilities and health conditions for their skills and talent. To help you recruit someone who can add value to your organisation, DWP have produced information and resources as part of this campaign. Employers can also demonstrate their commitment to this agenda by signing up to become a Disability Confident partner organisation.
For further information on how to attract, recruit and retain people with disabilities and learning disabilities, visit our dedicated webpages.