Wdes Regional Event

Workforce Disability Equality Standard Regional Engagement - Birmingham

28 March 2018 9:30am – 4:00pm
245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ, United Kingdom

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What is the Workforce Disability Equality Standard?

The Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) will provide a self-assessment framework for NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts in relation to the employment of disabled people. A set of metrics are being developed that will assist NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts to better understand the specific challenges they face in ensuring disabled staff are treated equally and are supported to fulfil their full potential. The WDES is designed to help to address inequalities related to disability in employment. It also seeks to advance disability equality in employment.

The purpose of the engagement event

NHS England is holding a series of regional engagement events which will provide participants with information about the WDES. Participants will be consulted on the proposals for the WDES Metrics and the indicative timetable for the publication of the WDES. Specifically, feedback will be sought on:

  • the benefits and how to address any challenges;
  • the NHS Staff Survey’s wording in relation to disability;
  • the time required to respond to the new metrics;
  • key evidence for what is called the ‘burden assessment process’, particularly the time required to respond to the new metrics and any data protection or confidentiality issues raised by the proposed metrics;
  • the proposed reporting cycle for 2018/19 and onwards (from August 2019 and subsequent years).

This is one of six events that are being held in regional locations in March. Please select one of the alternative events in Bristol, Newcastle, Cambridge, London and Leeds if the locations and dates are more convenient for you.

Target audience

The event is aimed at NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts and a range of other agencies. From NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, we particularly welcome those with a lead responsibility for workforce disability equality, including:

  • HR, Organisational Development or Workforce Leads;
  • Board members, Non-Executive Directors and VSM (very senior staff members);
  • members of Disabled Staff Networks and Equality Networks;
  • members of Disabled Trade Union Networks;
  • Equality and Diversity Leads.

From other partners, we particularly welcome:

  • members of Arms Length Bodies (ALBs);
  • Equality or workforce leads from NHS National Trade Unions;
  • members of the NHS Equality Diversity Council (EDC).

Booking and registration

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Registration and refreshments from 9.30am. Please arrive on time, for a prompt start at 10:00am. 

The NHS’s booking system works best in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. If you use Internet Explorer you may experience issues confirming your place. If you are unable to use a different web browser, please contact england.WDES@nhs.net for assistance.

Access requirements

We have tried to ensure that all our venues are accessible and easy to find. Birmingham will have live captioning, a hearing loop and BSL interpretation. If you would like any other reasonable adjustment, please contact us at england.wdes@nhs.net at least five working days before the event. If we do not receive advance notification, we may not be able to meet your requirements. You will receive an e-mail confirming any agreed reasonable adjustments or other key requirements. Please e-mail us no less than 3 days before the event if you have not received confirmation that your needs can be met.

Dietary requirements

During the course of this event we will be serving, tea, coffee, biscuits, fruit and a buffet lunch.

If you have any allergies and or specific dietary requirements, please contact the EHI team at england.wdes@nhs.net, please ensure that you give at least five days notice before the event.

Travelling to the venue

Jury’s Inn Birmingham is in walking distance from all three major train stations.

Birmingham New Street

Walk south-west on Navigation Street towards Pinfold Street (0.2 mi). Then turn right towards the A456 (348 ft), take another left onto the A456 (0.1 mi) and then continue onto Holliday Street (0.1 mi). Now take a right onto Berkley Street (0.2 mi), then turn left onto Broad Street / A456. The Jury’s Inn will be on the left.

Snow Hill Railway Station

Walk south-west on Barwick Street towards Church Street (0.1 mi), then turn left onto Edmund Street (0.2 mi). Now continue onto Centenary Way (203 ft) and then take the right towards the A456 (0.1 mi). Turn left onto the A456 (220 ft) and then take the right onto Broad Street / A456. The Jury’s Inn will be on the left.

Birmingham Moor Street

Walk south-west on Moor Street Queensway towards St Martin's Queensway (82 ft). Take a slight right onto St Martin's Queensway (0.1 mi) and then turn right onto Worcester Street (131 ft) and take the pedestrian overpass (0.1 mi). Turn left towards Navigation Street (30 ft), then turn right towards Navigation Street (420 ft). Continue onto Navigation Street (0.2 mi), take the right towards A456 (348 ft) and then turn left onto the A456 (0.1 mi). Continue onto Holliday Street (0.1 mi), take the right onto Berkley Street (0.2 mi) and then turn left onto Broad Street / A456. The Jury’s Inn will be on the left.

Parking details

Paid parking is available at the hotel's onsite car park, which has 200 parking spaces.  The cost per 24 hours is £14.20. There is a height restriction of 1.7m. The following tariffs apply:

  • Up to 1 hour: £1.50
  • Up to 2 hours: £3.00
  • Up to 3 hours: £4.00
  • 4 to 6 hours: £6.00
  • 7 to 10 hours: £9.50
  • 11 to 24 hours: £14.20

Please note: Charges will apply up to 30 minutes past the hour after which the charge goes to the next price point.

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