Taking us to the next level

We are really pleased to be awarded the Disability Confident Employer status by the Disability Confident Scheme, during UK Disability History Month.

Having held the Disability Confident Committed status for the past year, it is a great achievement for Midland Heart to reach the next level.

This status helps us to ensure that everyone has the right opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations, no matter what their background.

Baljinder Kang, Executive Director of HR and Learning, said:

“We are proud to be supporting the Disability Confident Scheme with the award of our new status of Disability Confident Employer. We know there are lots of challenges to overcome when trying to improve opportunities and accessibility to careers for disabled people within the UK. This is why we are committed to making meaningful change which enables everyone to thrive at Midland Heart.”

- Baljinder Kang

Through Disability Confident, thousands of employers, including Midland Heart are:

  • challenging attitudes towards disability
  • increasing understanding of disability
  • removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions

This award is based on the Disability Confident Level 2 self-assessment, which requires us to evaluate our current progress and commit to a number of actions of a Disability Confident Employer. These actions are grouped around both 1) attracting the right people for our business and 2) keeping and developing our people.

As part of our continued work, we have made a first step in launching our Disability Network, which is one of four colleague inclusion networks, following the successful appointment of the first Network Chair, Chess Dudman.

Senior Housing Management Assistant, Chess said: “At Midland Heart, I have received a level of support like nowhere else, where my manager regularly reviews and reflects on how best to support me as a disabled employee, not just to maintain my role but in my career and skill development too.

“My experience hasn’t always been a positive one, and it definitely isn’t universal, which is a primary reason for me wanting to increase visibility of the issues affecting disabled employees and their everyday life. Being given the chance to help shape a suitable environment for all of our employees to thrive is a real privilege.”

To find out more about the Disability Confident Scheme and what this means visit www.disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk

13th December 2018 | 2018