We contacted the NHS disability networks and talked to people about the issues. They told us about the NHS as an employer and why people may be afraid to share their disability status. Often the experience hinges on the attitude of a line manager, with their response limited by the information available to them.
We created a manager’s guide with information on conversations about disability and reasonable adjustments to make these discussions less emotionally taxing.
The NHSE/I London Equality & Inclusion team hosted a webinar to share the guide to all 37 London NHS trusts, and we created promotional materials that felt appropriate for an open, honest and modern workplace.
By presenting the information in this way we hope to give people with disabilities the confidence to discuss their needs with their employer.