North East Ambulance Service has achieved Disability Confident ‘Leader’ status
The recognition was achieved to reflect the work the Trust has carried out when recruiting potential members of staff with a disability and supporting them once employed.
Initiatives to encourage and support disabled people at NEAS include:
- Actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people
- Providing an inclusive and accessible recruitment process, including help with job applications
- Guaranteeing an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
- Flexibility in assessment for disabled job applicants, ensuring they have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
- Pro-actively making reasonable adjustments to meet peoples’ specific needs, including flexible working, workplace assessments, adapted equipment and various aids and adaptations.
NEAS Chief Executive Helen Ray said, “We want NEAS to be a great place to work with a highly skilled, healthy, engaged and motivated workforce that deliver excellent patient care. Being accredited as a Disability Confident Leader is a fantastic achievement and we will champion the status to encourage more employers to do the same.
“Over the last year, almost 300,000 people in the UK with disabilities entered into work and these people make up a significant proportion of potential talent in our region. As an employer, we must ensure we do not miss the opportunity to strengthen our workforce.
“By supporting people with disabilities into work we can break down the barriers, which for too long, have held people back and this means we can make sure everyone has the equal opportunity to succeed in life.”
The Disability Confident scheme has been running since November 2016 and supports the Government’s commitment to help one million more disabled people into work, within the next 10 years.
The assessment for NEAS was undertaken by Virgin Money and the Department for Work and Pensions. Part of the aim of the Disability Confident Leader scheme is for employers, such as Virgin Money, who have achieved the status to assess and support other organisations.