Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an annual observation to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities across all sectors of society. This year, International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.
Moorfields Eye Hospital has a diverse and inclusive workforce and continues to provide support for its staff and patients, regardless of their background or ability. As part of Moorfields commitment to ensure equality for all, a number of initiatives have been put in place to improve staff and patient experiences, including MoorAbility, a platform for colleagues with disabilities to share and harness their experiences. The network also coordinates social and educational events to help the trust advance equality.
Sylvanus Effiom, legal assistant and equality officer at Moorfields Eye Hospital, says Moorfields is making positive and transparent efforts at including persons with disabilities at all levels. Sylvanus talks more about this work in our short film, which you can watch below.
Helping young people with disabilities secure employment
Moorfields is keen to ensure equality extends beyond the grounds of the hospital and has recently partnered with DFN Project SEARCH to participate in a programme that aims to help young people with learning disabilities find full-time employment.
DFN Project SEARCH is a one-year transition programme for young people with disabilities in their final year of school or college. The programme, supported by Kaleidoscope Sabre, City & Islington College, London Borough of Islington Council and MoveForward, sees students take on a year at Moorfields gaining 800 hours of valuable work experience to help prepare them for future employment.
Last year, Moorfields hosted 11 interns, four of whom are now employed in roles across the hospital, from A&E to theatre. Emma Lord, tutor at Project SEARCH, says Moorfields has been key to the success of the programme and demonstrates and openness to having interns in its departments, with benefits for both the hospital and its patients, and the young interns themselves.
“It’s a mutually beneficial scheme because not only does the hospital gain someone who can add real value and show what they can do, but it’s also great for our interns who can learn transferrable skills and go onto the find meaningful jobs.”
Emma talks more about Moorfields partnership with Project SEARCH in our short film, which you can watch below.
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