ST MARGARET’S Hospice Care has been recognised as an employer committed to be Disability Confident through the Government scheme.
The charity employs over 325 staff across Somerset and is committed to ensuring all applicants for employment will be given equal opportunity in recruitment, as well as supporting existing staff.
The Government scheme is open to employers who have worked towards improving their recruitment process, including wider advertising, ensuring disabled people are offered an interview if they meet the minimum criteria for a role as well as anticipating and making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees, new or existing.
In the UK 7.7m working age people have a disability and 18,000 organisations have joined up to the scheme so far to ensure they are actively recruiting from the widest pool of talent available. The scheme also encourages employers to improve the morale and commitment of employees by demonstrating that they treat everyone fairly.
Lisa Price, Director of People & Organisational Development at St Margaret’s, says: “This is a great achievement for the team, we have always wanted to make sure we are an accessible organisation for all, so this process has confirmed our inclusive approach to recruitment and the support we offer staff already working with us, so we are wearing this badge with pride.”
However, the hospice is not stopping there, the team are now working on gaining their Level 2 in the scheme and will continue until they reach the accolade of Disability Confident Leader.
Lisa added: “We are a learning organisation and therefore will always strive to improve our processes including recruitment to ensure we employ the best people for the job. The hospice is so diverse in the roles we have available we feel that this should be reflected in a diverse workforce.”
To have a look at the current vacancies St Margaret’s Hospice Care has to offer visit www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk/current-vacancies
For more information on the Disability Confident scheme visit www.gov.uk/disability-confident