Applicants with disabilities

When you apply for a job with us you will be asked if you have a disability or long-term health condition. This part of the application form is confidential and is not shared with the recruiting manager unless you also request to be considered for a guaranteed interview (see below).

Disability Confident Committed employer

Oxleas is signed up to the Disability Confident scheme. This means if you declare a disability on your application and meet all the essential criteria in the person specification for a job, you will be offered an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme. Once shortlisted for interview we will check with you about any reasonable adjustments you need for the interview.

If you are offered the post and this offer is confirmed, we have a Health and Wellbeing Passport that you can use to discuss with your manager what adjustments you need.

Mindful Employer

As part of our commitment to support employees with mental health issues, we have signed up to the Mindful Employer initiative. This aims to increase awareness of mental health at work and provide support for businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.

The Mindful Employer charter is a voluntary agreement which we have signed up to as part of our social inclusion work plan which relates to the trust as an employer. It helps us to identify where we need to improve support. For example, one of the aims of the charter is to help managers within the trust to supportively manage employees with lived experience of mental health.

As part of the pre-employment checks, applicants are asked to complete a confidential occupational health questionnaire. If mental health issues are declared, the occupational health team assess the type of support that might be needed and if there any requirements for reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010.

In most cases reasonable adjustments can be made in discussion between the applicant, occupational health and the line manager. Occupational health will also take advice from an applicant’s GP and any other healthcare professionals involved. Dialogue between occupational health and a job applicant is entirely confidential and widening the discussion to include the line manager can only be done with the applicant's consent.

On occasion, occupational health will not be able to provide health clearance for an applicant because of their mental health issues. This may result in a conditional offer of employment being withdrawn. This is very rare, and would not happen without a thorough examination of the issues involved. Recruitment episodes involving applicants who have declared a disability can take time to resolve. However, the recruitment team is committed to working closely with applicants, line managers and occupational health to ensure that applicants declaring a disability are supported throughout the recruitment process.

Staff Networks

We have a Disability Network and Mental Health Staff Network. Membership is voluntary. They provide a voice for staff, support and information and each has an Executive Champion.

We also have staff networks for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff, LGBT+ staff and Women.

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