Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) has been recognised as a “Disability Confident Leader” by the Department for Work and Pensions for its action in hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.
The Disability Confident scheme has been live since November 2016. It supports the Government’s commitment to help one million more disabled people into work within the next ten years.
NCH&C currently employs 2,300 people, achieved the highest government accreditation after being a “Disability Confident Employer” since 2017. The trust decided to undertake Level 3 (leadership level) because of wanting to advance further in demonstrating a commitment to attracting, recruiting and retaining disabled people.
All employers start at Level 1 and progress through the scheme at their own pace. The journey is as follows:
Level 1: Disability Confident Committed
Level 2: Disability Confident Employer
Level 3: Disability Confident Leader
Deputy Chief Executive, Paul Cracknell, added: “It’s fantastic to achieve leader status, especially as the first NHS organisation in Norfolk. Providing employment opportunities for people of all abilities is not only the right thing to do, but benefits us as an organisation through accessing and unleashing diverse talent and expertise, and we will continue to strive to push the boundaries of being a disability confident employer. Having access to the best staff, treating staff well helps us deliver excellent patient care.
“As a Disability Confident Leader, we would like to support other local employers who wish to progress through the scheme including supporting with validation of their self-assessment to become a leader.”