Barnsley Hospital is celebrating being awarded “two ticks” for being positive about disabled people for the 12th year in a row.

The symbol, awarded by Jobcentre Plus, is given to employers who are positive about opportunities for disabled people, and have made commitments to employ, retain, and develop disabled members of staff.

Beverley Powell, the hospital’s Equality and diversity advisor, said: “We are very proud to have been awarded the two ticks symbol for last 12 years, demonstrating the hospital’s continued commitment to the disability agenda.

“The symbol helps to make it clear to disabled people that we are positive about disabled people and their abilities and welcome applications from them. It also demonstrates  to our existing employees that we value their work and will treat them fairly should they become disabled.”

Employers who use the two ticks disability symbol are required to make the following commitments:

  • To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
  • To discuss with disabled employees, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
  • To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
  • To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
  • To review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans

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