Home Health & Wellness Empowerment Passport Boosts Support for Disabled NHS Learners

Empowerment Passport Boosts Support for Disabled NHS Learners

Reading Time: 2 minutes

In a new initiative to support disabled health learners, the NHS, in collaboration with various stakeholders, has introduced the Empowerment Passport (EP). This innovative digital tool is designed to ease the transition of disabled learners, trainees, and apprentices into the NHS workforce.

A recent study has shed light on the efficacy and benefits of the EP, revealing its potential to revolutionise how support and adjustments are shared within the healthcare sector.

The Empowerment Passport is a secure, portable digital tool that allows health learners to carry their support and adjustment needs with them as they move between educational institutions and various roles within the NHS. This tool, developed from a rapid review supported by NHS England, NHS Employers, and the former Health Education England, is part of a larger policy programme aimed at reducing attrition and improving retention within the NHS workforce.

A significant proportion of participants in the study, 67%, expressed that the EP made it easier for them to disclose their health conditions or disabilities. The tool’s portability was particularly valued, indicating its potential for facilitating smooth transitions across different organisations. Additionally, an economic impact assessment revealed a positive return on investment, underscoring the EP’s practical and financial viability.

The project aimed to address the challenges faced by disabled health learners, including trainees and undergraduates, by supporting their transition into the workforce and reducing attrition. Using the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) methodology, a range of interventions, including the EP, were explored. The London School of Economics conducted an independent economic impact assessment, focusing on learner completion rates and early career retention within the NHS.

User feedback highlighted several benefits of the EP, such as reducing the duplication of information and eliminating repetitive form-filling, a common frustration among users of paper-based systems. Additionally, 67% of participants found the EP’s Action Plan useful, emphasising its practicality in guiding their journeys. However, concerns about the security of personal information and usability issues were also raised, suggesting areas for further improvement.

The economic assessment by London Economics demonstrated that the interventions, including the EP, provided a positive return on investment. This is an encouraging sign for the continued support and adoption of tools like the EP to aid disabled health learners in the NHS.

To effectively implement the Empowerment Passport, it is key to engage with disabled staff networks to promote reasonable adjustments, integrate the EP into broader equality and wellbeing strategies, and enhance awareness through recruitment and induction materials. These steps will ensure its successful adoption and maximise its impact within the NHS workforce.

© Copyright 2014–2034 Psychreg Ltd