Case study 3 Supporting job applications from disabled people: improving confidence and work experience for disabled people • Frimley Park Hospital
Background In its employment equality compliance report for 2010/2011, the Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) noted that it had received fewer job applications from disabled people than might be expected, given that eight percent of the population in its catchment area is estimated to have a disability.
Although disability is generally underreported among applicants in the job market, the Trust felt that a specific commitment was needed in order to encourage more disabled people to apply for jobs at the Trust. Mindful of the specific duties (under the Public Sector Equality Duty), the hospital defined the following objective to fulfil this aim:
Work with organisations such as the Shaw Trust to place disabled people with the aim of developing skills and confidence to support long-term employment prospects. This includes provision of support for applying for permanent posts within the organisation.
Action In 2012/2013, the hospital contacted the Shaw Trust to ask for curriculum vitae of disabled people who were looking for work placements. The Shaw Trust put forward three curriculum vitae and the hospital identified placements that would best suit the skills of these individuals. Assistance with job applications/interviews was given at the end of the placements so that the three individuals could apply for temporary and permanent positions within the Trust.
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