In a report condemning the UK’s record on disability rights, positive commentary was reserved only for the actions of the Scottish Government:
More recently, the Scottish Government has allocated of £2.5 million to 13 projects across Scotland designed to ‘improve employment support’ by ‘linking with health and social care, justice and housing services.’
Now, perhaps based on this funding, NHS Scotland has announced the second phase of a programme to give disabled graduates better access to careers in the health service. After a successful first year of the scheme, twenty-two disabled graduates will get a two-year paid work-experience placement and help to secure permanent work on completion.
The National Development Manager at the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, Equality Academy, said:
‘Building on the huge success of the first cohort, GCIL Equality Academy is delighted to embark on the next stage of the disabled graduate traineeship programme in partnership with Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. This partnership approach offers life changing opportunities to disabled graduates, whilst demonstrating the commitment of the Scottish Government to challenging the barriers that disabled people face in the pursuit of their career ambitions.’
NHS England does claim to be a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ but I can find no sign of an equivalent scheme there.