The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) sets out ten specific measures (metrics) that will enable EPUT to compare the experiences of our disabled and non-disabled staff.
Our first WDES report was completed in 2021 – this provides our baseline of information on each metric. It will enable us to see improvements and changes over time. A 12-month action plan was also published alongside the WDES report. This places emphasis on improving the quality of data we hold about our disabled workforce. Each year we will report on progress and review our priorities against the WDES metrics. This work is carried out in collaboration with our Mental Health and Disability Staff Equality Network.
The WDES is important because research shows that a motivated, inclusive and valued workforce helps to deliver high-quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and improved patient safety.
Implementing WDES enables us to better understand the experiences of our disabled staff. It will support positive change for existing employees and facilitate a more inclusive environment for disabled people working in the NHS. Like the Workforce Race Equality Standard, on which the WDES is partly modelled, it will also allow us to identify good practice and compare our performance with that of other organisations.
WDES Report 2021
Appendix A – Breakdown of WDES Metrics 2021
Appendix B – WDES Action Plan 2021-22
WDES Infographic 2021
Disability Confident Employer Certificate