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Workforce disability equality standard – 2021/22

Date: October 2022


The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) was mandated via the Standard NHS Contract in April 2018: all NHS organisations are required to publish their performance data and action plans against 10 metrics of the Workforce Disability Equality Standard and make them public.

Correspondingly, this report presents the Tavistock and Portman’s 2021-22 WDES data and associated Action Plan. The 10 WDES metrics focus on workforce composition, recruitment, relative likelihood of entering the formal capability process, bullying and harassment, opportunities for career progression or promotion, feeling valued by the organisation, presenteeism, reasonable adjustments, staff engagement, and Board composition.

Nationally, the WDES report consistently shows that Disabled staff have poorer experiences at work compared to the experiences of Non-disabled staff – see full details of the WDES indicators in Appendix 1 (Page 18). This report identifies where improvements have been made, where data has stagnated or deteriorated and suggests counter-measures for ameliorating the gaps.