Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) Engagement Event
Newcastle WDES workshop – 15th November 10.30am – 12.30pm
Disability North, The Dene Centre, Castle Farm Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1PH
10.30am - Welcome and introductions - Chris Rowland.
10.40am - The Case for the Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) - Peter Ryan, Professor of Mental Health, Middlesex University, Member of the WDES Strategic Advisory Group
10.55am - Exercise 1. Why should we make the WDES Mandatory? - ALL
11.15am - The Case for measurement and proposed WDES metrics - Peter Ryan, Professor of Mental Health, Middlesex University
11.30am - Exercise 2. Feedback on the Metrics - ALL
11.50am - Comfort Break
12.00pm - Disability as an Asset - Peter Ryan, Professor of Mental Health, Middlesex University
12.10pm - Exercises 3 & 4. Disability as an Asset in the NHS & Involving Disability groups locally/nationally - ALL
12.30pm - Summing Up and Next Steps - Chris Rowlands
12.35pm - Close
13.00 – 13.15: Welcome, Introductions & Context setting, Chris Rowlands
13.15 - 13.45: Session 2 - Group Discussions – Delegates are split into 4 group
Group 1- The Structure of EDS2 as a model
Group2 - The Language of EDS2
Group 3 - How well (or not) EDS2 links across or “talks to” other diversity initiatives in the NHS
Group 4 - EDS2 as a vehicle of change
13.45 – 14.00: Feedback from the tables
14.00 – 14.45: Session 2 – Group Discussions – Delegates split into 3 groups
The second session will break the delegates into three groups – to address one key question
Group 1: How can EDS2 be better promoted / publicised in order to make it more accessible?
Group 2: How can EDS2 be better structured / formatted / presented in order to make it more user friendly?
Group 3: How can EDS2 be used more effectively within organisations as a vehicle of change?
Each group will be asked to propose 3 or 4 recommendations to the group
14.45 – 15.00: Refreshment Break
15.00 – 15.15: Feedback from the Groups
15.15 – 15.30: Voting on the recommendations
15.30 - 16.00: Summary, Next Steps and Close