NHS WDES July 2017


NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard – input from Disabled Staff Networks

Central London

Thursday 13th July 2017

For the past few months, in his role as Diversity and Inclusion Lead for Health Education England, Stuart Moore (@SDMoore77, Vice Chair of NADSN) has been involved in the development of the NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES).

The WDES will have a framework (similar to the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard) by which NHS Trusts will be expected to publish their performance against metrics, alongside action plans that have been drawn up in conjunction with disabled staff. The WDES is planned to be mandated through the NHS Standard Contract from April 2018.

The WDES metrics are now in the latter stages of agreement, and although there has been engagement activity with disabled people and organisations, the WDES steering group would like to offer you an opportunity as a disabled member of staff / Disabled Staff Network Chair about your views, in particular about one proposed metric relating to Disabled Staff Networks (metric 9).

We have set up a teleconference and webinar with the option of meeting face-to-face in Central London:

  • Date: 13th July 2017
  • Time: 12:00 PM BST
  • Venue: Disability Rights UK, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH (nearest tube station: Old Street)

Please see these documents:

  • Presentation by the WDES Strategic Advisory Group | Slides .pptx
  • WDES Metrics version 10 (July 2017) | Word .docx

It would be particularly good if those of you who work in the health sector could join us.

If you would like any further information or have any queries, please contact Stuart Moore on: stuart.moore@hee.nhs.uk


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