The workforce disability equality standard is a set of specific measures (metrics) that will enable NHS organisations to compare the experiences of disabled and non-disabled staff. This information will then be used by the relevant organisations to develop a local action plan, and enable them to demonstrate progress against the indicators of disability equality.
It is important because research shows that a motivated, included and valued workforce helps to deliver high quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and improved patient safety.
The implementation of the standard will enable the CCG to better understand the experiences of their disabled staff. It will support positive change for existing employees, and enable a more inclusive environment for disabled people working in the NHS.
The NHS Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) will be mandated via the NHS Standard Contract in England from April 2018, with a preparatory year from 2018-19.
The CCG will report on the standard during 2019.