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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December 3rd is the UN’s International Day of Disabled People. To celebrate this significant day, we have partnered with PurpleSpace to mark the occasion with #PurpleLightUp, a vibrant global movement using the colour purple, which is emblematic of disability, celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million Disabled employees around the world, and we’re inviting you and your organisation to take part.

Why join in?

Taking part in #PurpleLightUp gives you and your organisation the opportunity to:

  1. Jointly celebrate ‘purple talent’ and human potential.
  2. Show commitment to disability inclusion and accessibility.
  3. Raise the profile of your staff networks and the work that they’re doing.

Taking part is easy. From sharing the #PurpleLightUp hashtag, to lighting up your organisation in purple, there are countless ways to mark the occasion. Perhaps highlight the achievements of Disabled role models in your organisation, or join us as we take part in PurpleSpace’s 24-hour #PurpleLightUp global broadcast, or share some of the successes of your staff networks on social media, or explore any of the other great ideas listed in the official #PurpleLightUp booklet. Whatever you do, let’s make sure we shine a (purple) light on the value of Disabled employees and everything we’ve achieved.

We are stronger when we work together.

NADSN is proud to be supporting PurpleSpace in this great initiative. We’ve seen first-hand the power of staff networks to create meaningful change for Disabled employees as we work towards inclusion and accessibility in all areas of life. The hard work and dedication of our networks should not go unnoticed. So, let’s come together to celebrate all that’s been achieved and make our contributions visible all over the world.

And don’t forget, NADSN is also on hand to offer advice and support for starting or growing your staff network as you move from strength to strength in ensuring inclusion for Disabled people in your organisation. We are stronger when we work together. So, let’s do this!

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