NHS in Sussex recognised as Disability Confident Employer
23 March 2018

NHS in Sussex recognised as Disability Confident Employer

An integral part of the NHS in Sussex has been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer for the second year running.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT), which provides community services in hospitals, clinics and people’s homes across the county, has been accredited as part of a national campaign to help disabled people into work.

Siobhan Melia, chief executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We want to build teams that reflect the wonderfully diverse communities that we service.

“Being recognised as a Disability Confident Employer shows our commitment to employing disabled people and creating a vibrant and diverse workforce.”

Emma Da Costa Mendes, recruitment coordinator at the trust, said: “This is the first job I’ve had where I’ve felt that my disability doesn’t make me a less valuable employee.

Emma, who has hearing loss, added: “The support network is fantastic, from Occupational Health to my colleagues, all the way up through to senior management. I’m proud to be part of SCFT.

“I work as a Recruitment Coordinator, and I’m one of two deaf women on the team. The role has been adapted for us and I am very happy to work in such an inclusive and supportive environment.

“I am a member of both the Trust’s LGBT+ Network and the Disability Network. I think it’s important for HR and Recruitment to visibly engage in such roles, as we are the first point of contact for new members of staff.”

Disability Confident Employers play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities.

The scheme helps employers to draw from the widest possible pool of talent and secure high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working.

The national programme is designed to improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that organisations treat all employees fairly.

It also helps patients and the public top understand that the NHS is committed to equality in the workplace.

You can find more information about the Disability Confident programme here.