Disability is defined as 'substantial and long-term health conditions and mental health conditions that have an adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities'*.   

The Disability Confident Employer scheme has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives to help ensure every disabled person can succeed at work by removing barriers.  

We are pleased to have attained level 1 of the voluntary government scheme as we develop our work in recognising the value of all employees and improving the recruiting, retaining and developing of disabled people by making changes to enable disabled colleagues to thrive at work.   

To qualify for this certificate, Devon Air Ambulance supports commitments to:  

  • Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible  
  • Communicate and promote vacancies  
  • Offer an interview to disabled people when the minimum criteria is met 
  • Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required  
  • Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.  

As an organisation, we are also committed to offering disabled employees access to at least one of the following: work trials; paid employment (permanent or fixed term), or job shadowing. 

Martin Bell, Director of People, Talent & Culture at Devon Air Ambulance, says:

We are keen to continue to do all we can to ensure our staff are able to thrive and develop in their roles. Everyone here at Devon Air Ambulance plays a vital part in the emergency medical service we provide and we aim to support all individual needs.

The accreditation is valid for 3 years and we are looking to work towards attaining level 2 and then level 3 subsequently over the coming years.  

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*Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010