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13 May 2015
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has once again achieved the UK Government award for employers, Positive About Disabled People, also called the two ticks scheme.
Accreditation is awarded to employers who demonstrate to the Department for Work and Pensions (Jobcentre Plus) that they have met, and are committed to continually achieving, five standards which relate to the employment of disabled people.
BCCG is proud to have made the following commitments to meet the requirements of the two ticks scheme:
· Guarantee a job interview to all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.
· Have a discussion with all disabled employees at least once a year, about ways to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities.
· Make every effort to support staff to stay in employment if they become disabled.
· Take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.
· Review these commitments each year, assess what has been achieved, plan for improvement and keep employees and Jobcentre Plus informed.
Paul Curry, Equality and Diversity Manager at BCCG said:
“The two ticks symbol is widely recognised by disabled people as a sign that their job application will be welcome and that they will be treated fairly. It also demonstrates to our existing employees that we value their work and will treat them fairly should they become disabled. This award is a sign of the CCG’s continued commitment to disabled employees and I hope it will help us continue to attract and recruit disabled members of staff.”