On behalf of HIOW Health & Wellbeing
EDNA – a brand new advisory service for NHS employees in Hampshire and Isle of Wight
The NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICS Health and Wellbeing Team are pleased to announce the launch of EDNA – an advice service for NHS employees in the region who are living with a disability, long term condition or are neurodivergent. The launch webinar takes place on 5 December from 9.30 to 11.30am.
EDNA, which stands for Employee Disability and Neurodivergent Advice Service, is all about supporting NHS colleagues in the workplace, ensuring that those who have a disability, long term condition or are neurodivergent have the correct support in place to be able to thrive in their role. Through a specialist team, they will be offered one-to-one advice and a safe space to talk, as well as help with areas such as reasonable adjustments, employment rights and HR advice. Those accessing the service will not need a medical referral or formal diagnosis. EDNA will also offer training to managers whose team members may be living with a disability, long term condition or neurodivergence.
Kate Sonpal, Delivery Manager for Diversity and Inclusion in the HIOW Health & Wellbeing Team, says: “We are so pleased to be able to offer this service to our colleagues right across the region, including those working in Primary Care. EDNA was developed in response to employee demand and we know it will make a positive impact.”
Visitors to the webinar will learn more about the service and hear from a range of speakers, including the new advisors who will introduce the service, and Emma Weaver, Deputy CEO of the ADHD Foundation.
To find out about joining EDNA, please get in touch the Health & Wellbeing Support Service on 0300 772 7099 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org