East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust celebrates staff who are disabled or neurodiverse
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) staff who are disabled or neurodiverse have been celebrated at an awards ceremony.
The event was organised to recognise workers who have completed the Calibre Leadership Programme, a unique course for people working in the NHS, higher education and the wider public sector.
The initiative is designed for those who are neurodiverse, disabled, or have a long-term physical or mental health condition.
Caroline Nwadu, head of culture and inclusivity at EEAST, hosted the awards.
She said: “This ceremony is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those who are working to create a more inclusive society.
“Compassion and support should be the bedrock, encouraging us to be mindful of the challenges each of us faces and reminding us to make sure that no one is left behind.
“Developing a more inclusive and equitable leadership landscape means we need to dismantle existing barriers, whether they are physical, systemic or founded in attitude.
“We have to provide accommodations, create accessible environments, and give everyone equal opportunities to advance.”
The ceremony took place at a venue with hearing loops and British Sign Language interpreters.
The trust has also been awarded the prestigious bronze Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark by the British Dyslexia Association.
The award is only issued to schools or organisations that demonstrate high-quality education and/or practice for dyslexic people.
EEAST is the first ambulance trust to achieve this award and is actively working towards silver as part of its inclusivity plans.