Disability Staff Network

The Disability Network seeks to raise awareness of disability issues, changing perceptions, so that staff and patients are seen as ‘differently-abled’ rather than disabled. The Network also supports all staff with long-term conditions and those with caring responsibilities, recognising that this can take many forms. This includes staff with caring responsibilities where a formal diagnosis has not yet been confirmed.

The network champions an equal opportunities approach to disability with NCL CCG and the wider Integrated Care System (ICS). This includes understanding and supporting the needs of staff with disabilities, ensuring staff have equal opportunities to progress in their careers, and commissioning services that offer ‘real’ reasonable adjustments so that our patients can receive the care they deserve.

We also look at recruitment processes and identify where changes could be made to recruit a fairer playing field. The disability network is one of three networks that is established within NCL CCG. The disability network has close links to the BAME and LGBT+ networks as we understand that people’s needs and experiences may need support from more than one network.

Aims:

  • Promote positive attitudes towards people with disabilities and raise awareness of disability so that staff and patients are seen as ‘differently abled’ rather than disabled.
  • Give a voice to the staff and patients living with a disability, enabling dialogue with all levels of the NCL CCG and the wider ICS.
  • Develop feedback and suggestions on organisational policy, planning and implementation as it relates to staff with disabilities, formally channelled through the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group.
  • Provide a platform for staff with a disability to discuss key updates and issues in a safe and confidential environment.
  • Assist the CCG in meeting its statutory obligations regarding its duty under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Maintain connections with local authorities and NHS local and regional organisations.
  • Improve awareness of challenges faced by staff with a disability.

If you are passionate about improving working lives and services for people with disabilities and want to get involved in this work, then please contact victoria.wicks2@nhs.net or sarah.perrett@nhs.net

Membership

Membership is open to all CCG staff who have a disability, a long-term condition, or who have caring responsibilities.

We are also keen to recruit allies to the disability network.

If you would like to join or be involved in the work of the network, please contact victoria.wicks2@nhs.net or sarah.perrett@nhs.net

News and Events

Over the coming months, the disability network will be focusing on a number of different elements of disability. Information about different disabilities will be available on this page and there will be awareness events running throughout the year.

2022 events:

Disability Network Staff

Workforce – Recruitment and retention lead – Victoria Wicks

Information – NCL Disability Staff Network Internet and Intranet lead – Victoria Wicks

Raising Awareness (please see the list below) – Leads Jennifer Carter, Angela Sealy,  Priyal Shah, Jane Amanda Stephenson-Glynn,  Victoria Wicks, all

Awareness Events

  • 1 April – 30 April – NCL Disability Awareness Month

Wellbeing – Safe space conversations – Jane Amanda Stephenson-Glynn, Victoria Wicks.

Workforce – Equality impact assessments undertaken prior and post restructures – Darshna Pankhania

Disability History Month events

The Disability Staff Network hosted a range of events during 2021’s Disability History Month, which ran from 18 November – 18 December 2021.

Thank you to all staff who have joined our events. If you weren’t able to join, you can view all of the presentations below:

  • Autism Awareness (withBarnetMencap).
    • You can view the slides here.

       

  • ADHD Awareness (withBarnetMencap)
    • You can view the slides here.
  • Disability & LGBT+ staff networks – WorldAIDs Day (with Positively UK)
    • You can view the slides here.

       

       

  • Diabetes Awareness event (with Diabetes UK)
    • You can view the slides here.
The NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club

The NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club has been meeting on a monthly basis since December 2020. A book and film are discussed each month and the facilitator then disseminates a summary of what was discussed.

Updated Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club Recommended List (November 2021)

NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club dates 2021/2022:

  • Friday 29.04.22 from 11.30 – 12.15
  • Friday 20.05.22 from 11.30 – 12.15
  • Friday 24.06.22 from 11.30 – 12.15
  • Friday 22.07.22 from 11.30 – 12.15
  • Friday 02.09.22 from 11.30 – 12.15
  • Friday 30.09.22 from 11.30 – 12.15

Summaries from previous book and film club meetings:

Useful resource:

A growing collection of Kortext eBooks covering a range of subject areas, including diversity and inclusion, is available to NCL CCG staff via an NHS OpenAthens account.

Please contact Angela O’Shea, NCL BAME Vice-Chair, if you would like to join the NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club. Contact details: aoshea@nhs.net