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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Professor Anna Lawson, Director of @CDSLeeds, honours NADSN by becoming our FIRST Patron!

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NADSN (@nadsn_uk) is thrilled to announce that the wonderful Professor Anna Lawson has accepted the Steering Committee’s recent invitation to take on a brand new role as the first Patron of NADSN!

Anna is professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies (@CDSLeeds) at the University of Leeds. Anna was our esteemed keynote speaker at this year’s NADSN Annual Conference at UCL and recorded a powerful VLOG in support of #PurpleLightUp as our senior champion!

Our Terms of Reference stipulate that our Patron will be well-known and respected in the disability field. Anna’s tireless campaigning on disability rights, the respect she has earned as an eminent academic and lawyer on the international stage, being the director of a world-class university centre on disability studies, and being an influential leader with lived experience, are just some of the qualities that make Anna the ideal candidate as our Patron. You can find out more about Anna on her profile page here.

We envisage that the role of the Patron would be to promote the aims of NADSN, provide credibility to our cause, raise awareness of the Association with people where it will count, offer guidance to the Chair and the Steering Committee, and be prepared to support occasional ‘high profile’ events.

We are deeply honoured that Anna has taken on this role and we very much look forward to working with her.

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