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Disability History Month 2021

Dear Colleague,

This Year Disability History Month is running from 18th November 2021 to 18th December 2021.

Disability History Month is supported by a wide range of disability groups, unions and voluntary groups and the NHS. The aim of the month is to promote the rights of people who have disabilities and their struggle for equality now as well as in the past.

Various activities have taken place across the country and please see below further details of regional events to mark DHM 2021.

Event for Deaf (signing) – 30th November 2021, 13:00pm to 14:00pm.

We want to talk about what themes we feel are important to us so we feel belonged, included and are able to amplify our voices.

Please use the following link to Register your place


Supporting deafened and hard of hearing healthcare staff – 1st December 2021, 13:00pm to 14:00pm

As a safe space we will want to get to become aware of where deafened and hard of hearing colleagues are.

Please use the following link to Register your place


How can we increase uptake of mentoring and coaching for disabled colleagues? – 7th December 2021, 16:00 to 17:00 

We want to learn from you about how disabled staff can benefit from coaching and mentoring?

Please use the following link to Register your place


Staff Voice Webinar– How lived experience of a disability has influenced change in culture and policy development – 13th December 2021, 1:00pm – 2.30pm

This is a time to really reflect on the lives of people with disabilities, and to raise awareness of the challenges people with a disability face in their everyday lives.

At this session you will hear from lived experience of Disability Staff Network Chairs and network members on how they have influenced change in organisational culture, including policy development.

The aim of this Disability History Month session is to capture the success stories, as well as key challenges colleagues have endured, as well as how staff support networks can make a difference.

Please use the following link to join the session. Click here to join the meeting

Please kindly share with your colleagues.

The Team are also jointly facilitating events with the North East & Yorkshire and North Regions, please see attached flyer for details and the links to book/access the sessions.

Recruiting and Promoting BAME Leaders Inclusively with Cultural Intelligence Masterclass with Jennifer Izekor, Founder and Leader of Above Difference – 15th December, 1:30 – 4:00pm  

Join us on the 15th  December for this stimulating and innovative session with guest speaker Jennifer Izekor, Founder and Leader of Above Difference Limited, who will provide an overview of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and how it relates to Recruitment, Talent Management, & Career Progression. This is Jennifer’s second ‘virtual visit’ to the NHS England and NHS Improvement Midlands region following a popular session in April this year.

This session will explore concepts including:

  • How cultural values inform our decision making
  • Inclusive Organisations
  • Intentional Inclusion

As they relate to cultural intelligence, recruitment, retention, and progression in a diverse workforce.

This session is specifically aimed at NHS ED&I, HR, OD and Talent Management professionals and senior leaders who have a responsibility for ED&I, leader, and talent development within an organisation or across a system.  For those who attended in April, there will be a short re-tread of the Cultural Intelligence and Inclusive Leadership frameworks. However, there is no barrier to enjoying and learning from this session, for those who did not attend in April.

Click here to find out more and register for the event.