Employing people in the NHS with learning disabilities

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NHS Employers has partnered with NHS England to provide a range of tools and guidance to encourage and support health organisations to increase their recruitment of people with learning disabilities. 

The aim of the tools and guidance is to raise awareness, highlight good practice, break down the barriers that both employers and potential employees may face, and create a culture that welcomes people with learning disabilities. 

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We are also inviting organisations to make a pledge to demonstrate their commitment to employing people with learning disabilities. Find out how to make your pledge on our My organisation pledges to ... web page.

Tools and guidance

The tools and guidance are structured around five building blocks which will take an employer or manager through the process of recruiting and employing someone with a learning disability.

Learning disability employment building blocks

Getting started Being an accessible employer Identifying real jobs Advertising and recruitment Employment 
  • making the case
  • external support
  • Equality Act 2010
  • communicating
  • training
  • support

  • where do I start?
  • entry routes to employment

  • advertising
  • accessible applications
  • pre-employment checks

  • induction
  • monitoring
  • staff survey adjustments

For more information download the full NHS learning disabilities tools and guidance and the easy read NHS England tools and guidance.

Resources to help with the recruitment process

NHS England's learning disability engagement team has also created a series of resources to help with various aspects of the recruitment process:

Take a look at an infographic explaining why you should employ more people with learning disabilities.

Stories of good practice across the NHS

NHS organisations are already working with local partners to help more people with learning disabilities find employment. NHS England has produced a number of inspirational stories from people who have benefited from partnership working and who are now in employment. You can read these stories by following the links on the right hand side of this web page.

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