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SCFT finalist for Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative award

Date: 11 November 2021

Time: 11:20

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) awards.

This follows SCFT’s achievement of being awarded a Level 3 Disability Confident Leader in August 2021 – the highest possible Disability Confident status as part of the government employer scheme.

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) aims to support disabled people entering or progressing through the job market and it creates disability confident recruiters to reduce the disability employment gap. The annual RIDI awards celebrate the very best of disability confident recruitment across all sectors.

SCFT have been shortlisted for an RIDI award in the category ‘Disability Confident’ alongside other finalists Network Rail Disability Matters Programme, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, Atkins, and AXA UK.

This award celebrates organisations that demonstrate a high level of commitment to the Disability Confident scheme and the effective implementation across their workplace to recruit and retain employees.

As a finalist, SCFT are recognised for improving inclusive recruitment practices and experiences of disabled staff across teams and services, including:

  • Working with Brighton & Hove City Council to provide supported employment.
  • Offering flexible working across our services, in line with the NHS People Plan.
  • Expressly stating Disability Confident status and actively welcoming applications from disabled candidates in job adverts.
  • Including easy read versions of NHS Jobs application forms on job adverts.
  • Proactively offering reasonable adjustments, including concrete examples such as extra time for assessments in interview invites.
  • A flexible approach to interviews and their alternatives, including values-based interview questions, and diverse interview panels.
  • Rolling out the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme and #WeSupportDeafAwareness training to all staff and volunteers.
  • Initiating a Health and Wellbeing Passport for all staff, to be included in annual personal development reviews.
  • Creating a centralised fund for all reasonable adjustments recommended by Health and Safety, Occupational Health, and Access to Work – including dyslexia pathways.
  • Building a Disability and Wellbeing Staff Network, with 118 members so far, and offering a range of development/peer support to Network Advocates such as Mental Health First Aider training, Freedom to Speak Up Ambassador training, speaking engagements, and career coaching.

The other categories at the RIDI awards ceremony are: Best Inclusive Recruitment Campaign, Disability Specialist, Getting Started, Inclusive Recruiter of the Year, Making a Difference – Private Sector, Making a Difference – Public Sector, and Recruiting Back Better. Following the Ceremony, all the attendees will be invited to vote for the winner of the Greatest Impact Award.

Find out more about the 2021 RIDI awards including all of the shortlisted finalists.

The awards ceremony will take place virtually on Friday 3 December 2021 at 5pm.