Our Trust has been recognised for our work to ensure we are addressing disability equality issues for its staff.
The Trust been awarded the Disability Confident Leader accreditation. It comes after making a number of improvements.
This has included its promotion of disability – including hidden disabilities like epilepsy, neurodiversity (different way of thinking) and hearing and visual impairments.
This has been through awareness events, training, newsletters and networking events.
The Trust has also promoted good practices including its support groups. For example, disability network and its equality, diversion and inclusion steering group.
Susy Cook, chief people officer, said: “This accreditation is recognition of our commitment to disability equality and inclusion.
“It shows we care about this issue and take it very seriously, we challenge negative attitudes and we ensure all staff can achieve their full potential.
“We must now continue to remove any potential barriers that may exist and ensure opportunities are there for all staff, including those with disabilities.
“This accreditation is recognition that we have taken actions to meet rigorous standards measured through an external validator.
“I want to also thank all staff who have helped us gain this recognition for their dedication and commitment.”
Julie Gillon, chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the organisation.
“It is a real sign of our focus on this important and fundamental issue to support our staff – both now and in the future.
“I also want to thank all of the teams involved in helping the organisation gain this accreditation.”