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Learning disability pledge

The Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, (EKHUFT) Matthew Kershaw, has signed a pledge demonstrating the Trust’s commitment to support the employment of people with learning disabilities.

The NHS benefits from having a workforce that is as diverse as possible. We need to make the most of the range of talents, expertise and experience of a workforce that also represent the patients that we serve.

In a project jointly supported with Health Education England for Kent, Surrey and Sussex,  EKHUFT has identified a number of departments and wards to pilot a scheme where a job opportunity is created as part of a ‘job carving’ process. 

Job carving is a term for modifying job duties, and can used in different circumstances, to create specialist job roles and free the time of skilled staff. The process also involves swapping job duties to make the most of individual skills.

We are now delighted to announce we have positions that could soon be yours!

All we are asking for is a letter of interest and CV, and you can be part of something special. For more information, look at the Advert's and Job Description's below. 

The Chief Executive of EKHUFT, Matthew Kershaw, said: “More than 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability, and in the past many have faced discrimination and exclusion, even though they have so much to offer. The NHS benefits from having a workforce that is diverse and represents the patients that the NHS serves.

“As a forward-thinking and inclusive Trust, we want reach out to all sections of the community, and that’s why we support – and want to be a part of – this NHS England initiative. This is also part of our improvement journey and will help us truly make this a great place to work.”

Anyone wishing to know more about the scheme should call Kent Supported Employment on 03000 421 552.

As a forward-thinking and inclusive Trust, we want reach out to all sections of the community...

Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive

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