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Health Shield Embraces Disability Confidence Accreditation

Health Shield is thrilled to announce the achievement of becoming a Disability accredited Employer level 1, solidifying its dedication to cultivating an inclusive and diverse workplace environment. This accreditation, part of a government initiative aimed at opening doors for individuals with disabilities, underscores Health Shield's commitment to fostering a positive and supportive culture for all employees.

At Health Shield, the values of being customer focused, straightforward, professional and responsible are at the core of everything we do. Our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusivity perfectly aligns with these values, driving us to actively empower individuals with disabilities to excel in the workplace. Our journey with the Disability Confident scheme commences at level 1, with ambitious plans to progress to level 2 within the next 12 months and ultimately reach level 3.

In the UK, approximately 24% of the population, equivalent to 16 million individuals, live with a disability[1]. These disabilities encompass a broad spectrum, ranging from physical impairments to mental health conditions, impacting individuals’ daily lives. Among working-age adults, common disabilities include mental health issues, mobility constraints, breathing difficulties, dexterity limitations, learning disorders, memory impairments, and sensory disabilities.

As an employer, it is crucial that we nurture a supportive and inclusive environment that celebrates individual differences and encourages everyone to bring their authentic selves to work.

Health Shield is committed to providing assistance to employees facing challenges due to disabilities. We have established mechanisms to support employees who feel that their condition affects their work, encouraging them to engage with their line manager or HR team to develop a wellness action plan. This personalised plan aims to identify ways in which we can support our employees, outline necessary adjustments, and explore reasonable accommodations to ensure a seamless work experience.

As we embark on our journey towards becoming a more disability confident employer, we are pleased to declare our commitment to advocating diversity, equality, and inclusivity within the organisation, laying the foundation for a healthier and more content workforce. Remember, creating an inclusive workplace benefits everyone. If you require further information or assistance on disability inclusion strategies, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are delighted to have achieved this accreditation for the betterment of our employees.


[1] House of Commons