Disabled people who would like to take up senior roles within their local NHS are being urged to sign up for a seminar to help them make successful applications.
The seminars in Manchester and London are being run by the disability charity RADAR and the Appointments Commission, the independent body that helps government departments and NHS trusts appoint their board members.
Those who attend will be told how to apply for roles as non-executive directors in primary care trusts ambulance service trusts, acute or foundation NHS trusts, or strategic health authorities, and what their duties would involve if successful.
Government figures show that only one in 20 appointees to the boards of the UK’s 1,200 public bodies is disabled or has a long-term health condition.
The government aims to increase this to nearly one in seven new appointments (14 per cent) by March 2011.
Those who attend the free seminars will meet recruitment consultants and disabled people who have secured senior NHS positions, as well as the chief executives of RADAR and the Appointments Commission.
There are up to 20 places available at each seminar, all for people living with ill-health, injury or disability.
Mark Shrimpton, RADAR’s joint deputy chief executive, said: “These free of charge events are fantastic opportunities for people affected by ill health, injury or disability to prime themselves to make successful applications to help run their local NHS services in a paid capacity.
“Delegates will get a whole day’s access to the CEOs of both RADAR and the Appointments Commission, as well as other key movers and shakers.”
The Appointments Commission will also provide support in pursuing an appointment after the event for delegates with the right skills and experience.
The all-day seminars take place in London on 11 February and in Manchester on 1 March.
For more information, contact Nisha Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 020 7503 6177.
6 January 2010