Disability Staff Network

disability-confident-employer.pngUniversity Hospitals of Morecambe NHS Foundation Trust is committed to improving services and access to services for disabled people.

The Disability Staff Network is open to all employees, volunteers, and students on placement with a disability. The network also welcomes engagement from other employees committed to the aims of the network and colleagues who have a role in supporting the work environment for colleagues with a disability and experience of patients. Working together to create a supportive working environment and policy framework for colleagues with a disability while also encouraging all staff within the trust to understand the needs of individuals with a disability within the community.

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Our Aims

  1. To work with the trust to eliminate discrimination experienced by staff with a
    disability and to promote general equality of opportunity.

  2. To influence policy making and monitor existing policies to ensure that the disability equality perspective is proactively considered. 

  3. To provide a support function to colleagues, through the development of virtual networks and meetings, where issues can be openly discussed. Some support may involve signposting staff to external services or staff side representatives. 

  4. To develop and maintain a virtual network that provides support and promotes diversity generally within the workforce. 

  5. To support the trust with the training of staff at all levels so they can better understand the perspective and needs of staff and service users with a disability.

  6. To gain and share an understanding of the experiences of staff and service users with a disability, and highlight any health inequalities that influence service delivery. 

  7. To celebrate the diversity of the workforce by participating in national and local events such as community events and national disability initiatives. 

  8. To promote the service as a healthcare provider and employer within the local disability communities. 

  9. To promote opportunities for social networking.


The trust has been approved as 'disability confident' committed. To achieve this we have provided evidence of meeting the following actions:

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicate and promote vacancies
  • Offer an interview to disabled applicants if they meet the minimum criteria
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term condition to stay in work

Achievements & Projects

  • Hand rails have been fitted at both sides of the main entrance to Westmorland General Hospital.
  • Ward list signage in the lifts at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital and Furness General Hospital has been improved; print enlarged to help anyone with sight issues and signs positioned lower to assist wheelchair users
  • The network have been busy planning for visible and invisible disability weeks WC 27th March and WC 3rd April – contact us to find out more!


Upcoming Meetings & Events



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