We are extremely proud to announce that SWASFT has been awarded Disability Confident Leaders status from the Department of Work and Pensions.
In 2013 the Two Ticks system was reformed, and replaced with the Disability Confident scheme, made up of three levels; Level 1 – Disability Confident Committed Employer, Level 2 – Disability Confident Employer, and Level 3 – Disability Confident Leader. Each level requires commitment to actions that will make a difference to disabled people in recruitment and employment.
The Trust submitted a self-assessment of evidence of our actions and commitment to working in partnership with PLUSS, a South West social enterprise that supports people with disabilities into employment. We supplied evidence on actions such as:
- Actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people
- Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required
- Ensuring managers are aware of how they can support staff who are sick or absent from work.
Much of our evidence came from already established well-embedded recruitment and HR practices and processes, but was significantly supported by the work of the Staying Well Service.
SWASFT is the first ambulance service in the country to achieve this status, and one of only 10 healthcare providers across the country to have achieved Leader status.