NHS WDES July 2017

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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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NADSN to partner with Prof Kate Sang on EPSRC-funded “Disability Inclusive Science Careers” Project

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NADSN (@nadsn_uk) is delighted to be a partner with Professor Gareth Pender (@garrypender) and Professor Kate Sang (@katesang) at Heriot Watt University in an innovative project: Disability Inclusive Science Careers (DISC). This is an exciting project funded by the EPSRC (@EPSRC) via the Inclusion Matters call and we will be collaborating closely bringing the experiences of our members and contributing to each stage. Our own experiences suggest that the DISC project has the potential to effect positive change in academics’ working conditions in the sciences and possibly beyond.

Professor Sang presented her earlier research into Disability and Academic Careers at NADSN’s 3rd Annual Conference in 2017 at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Hamied Haroon, Chair of NADSN, stated: “Kate’s work and findings connected all of us emotionally.” Accessibility for disabled University staff, as Kate’s research showed, is about workplace relationships as well as car parking, it’s about inaccessible lecture theatres, lack of opportunities for promotion and the pressures faced by disabled staff in a competitive environment. Jacquie Nicholson, Vice Chair of NADSN and Regional Lead for Scotland, commented: “NADSN is delighted that this exciting project is highlighting disabled University staff in science careers and we look forward to contributing to positive change.”

Founded in 2016, NADSN is a super-network that connects and represents disabled staff networks. We are a collective platform to share experiences and good practice, and examine challenges and opportunities, focussed on the tertiary education sector but open to any individual and organisation with an interest in the equality of disabled staff https://nadsn-uk.org/news/

For any enquiries related to this press release, please contact Jacquie Nicholson at the University of Aberdeen: jacqueline.nicholson@abdn.ac.uk

An article can also be found in the Times Higher Education: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/minority-scientists-mentor-senior-professors-equality-drive

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