02 April 2020

Di Aston, Engagement and Wellbeing Advisor, in the People and Culture directorate has been awarded the #ELFTAbility Disability Champion of the Month for March 2020.  

The monthly award goes to a colleague who has made a difference to the working lives of disabled staff. Diane received the award for her quick response in ensuring that staff in the Trust with a disability or an underlying health condition had the support and adjustments they needed as the COVID-19 outbreak unfurled.

Presenting the award 'virtually', the Trust's Equality Network Lead said, 

"Life with a disability can often mean having to navigate many systems and it was nice to have a clear single name to contact. Di will probably say she was only doing her job, but news on the ground is that we were very much ahead of the game in comparison to other NHS Trusts.

It is so important that accessibility, inclusions, and health and safety is interweaved in all that we do, and ELFT were on the ball with this one. Many people with underlying health conditions have additional concerns as the virus spreads and I know that for some of us we really appreciated being asked upfront to identify our health needs. It was clear disclosures will be managed sensitively and confidentially for the use of this crisis only,  and that was a good balance as we know that many staff actively avoid disclosing disability and long-term health conditions".

Well done, Diane. You are an ELFT hero!