Our Enabled (Enhancing Ability, Learning from Disability) Staff Network aims to bring together members of Newcastle Hospitals who have a disability – including but not limited to physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health conditions, long-term conditions, learning difficulties and hidden disabilities – to help employees reach their full potential.
This network provides an open forum for our disabled colleagues to share their experience of the workplace in a supportive and safe environment. The network will provide a ‘listening ear’ for our disabled colleagues as well as seeking their views to help shape our inclusion agenda and enable us to focus our efforts on actions that will make the biggest and most positive difference.
This network is a safe space to discuss improvements and adjustments whilst feeling comfortable doing so.
The disability staff network also supports staff who are carers and we’d encourage staff with caring responsibilities to join. The staff network is committed to recognising and supporting carers bringing together colleagues with different caring responsibilities to provide a supportive network through which to share ideas, challenges and identify solutions.
- Chair- Cheryl Gascoigne – Advanced Occupational Therapist