Inclusive Employment and People with a Learning Disability

28 June 2022


Date and Time:

Tue 28 June 2022
10:00 – 12:30


Online, MS Teams



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Aims and Objectives:

To highlight the need to ensure that People with Learning Disability can experience the same benefits of paid employment that a ‘good job’ can bring, including increased income, improved wellbeing and greater life chances.

To advocate and showcase the many positive benefits people with a learning disability can make to their workplace when properly supported.  To understand where reasonable adjustments can be applied to recruitment and selection processes in order to support equity of employment and inclusion.

To advocate for the actions needed to increased employment opportunities for people with a learning disability in Yorkshire and the Humber.


This webinar will be of interest to Public Health Professionals, HR leads, Diversity and Inclusion leads, Disability rights/Advocacy groups, Social teams, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Integrated Care Systems, Department for Work & Pensions, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Combined Authorities, Local Authority Economic Development teams and frontline services for work and health.



Welcome, this is me!

Chair: Rachael Harrison, Peoples Champion, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) with support from OHID Workforce Team


Setting the scene for today: hopes, actions and expectations for Y&H

Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health (DPH) for Calderdale and Lead DPH for ‘Promoting inclusive and sustainable economies’

Rob Webster, CEO Designate, West Yorkshire ICS

Peter Kelly, Regional Director, OHID North East and Yorkshire


Healthy and Inclusive Employment

Steve Adams, Head of Contracted Provision Team, Disability Work and Opportunities Division, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)


What good looks like in relation to supporting people with a Learning Disability into employment

Becki Bateson, WorkFit Employment Development Officer, Down Syndrome Association


Good practice examples from Employers, Employment Supporters and Employees/Candidates


·       Speakup Self Advocacy (20 mins)




·       Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Project Search (15 mins)







Charlie Ball, Marshall Wilson and Jodie Bradley, Speakup Self Advocates




Kez Hayat, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, & Aqeel Mohammad Maqsood, Project Search Intern, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Coffee Break



Welcome back from the Chair:


Good practice examples from Employers, Employment Supporters and Employees/Candidates


·       GXO Logistics and Workfit (15 mins)








Ian Gillespie, Mentor and Tommy Patrick, GXO Logistics


Q&A Panel – Your questions answered




Barriers, challenges and enablers to putting this in place.


Menti/or Breakout Rooms



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