June 2015

A study by the Public Interest Research Unit indicates that in the last four years there has been a deterioration in the workplace experiences and long-term job prospects of disabled workers. The study collected information from 137 disabled workers and 141 organisations; and was produced for Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). The study covers the private, public and voluntary sectors. Principal findings include: • Employer attitudes towards disabled workers have deteriorated in the last four years.

A new mobile app has been launched by a council in Gloucestershire to help people with disabilities into employment. Gloucestershire County Council’s Forwards employment team has joined up with the Department for Work and Pensions and Prospect Training Services to develop the app to provide support on the move for people with disabilities.

It has a range of functions including the locations of Forwards work clubs, tips to help with applying for jobs, where to look for jobs and help with interviews.

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP has published resources to support the commissioning of more personalised services.

People Not Process - Co-production in Commissioning.

A new online resource from Think Local Act Personal which explains all the things that councils should think about to make sure they are working in the way the new Act says they should.

Commissioning for Market Diversity.

DWP has published research that evaluates the effectiveness of three Fit for Work Service pilots in their second and third years. Fit for Work is a national independent health and work advice and referral service, introduced at the end of 2014. The research looks at provision in Greater Manchester, North Staffordshire and Leicester and provides information on: * client satisfaction * self-assessed health improvements * pilot costs * preliminary estimates of the pilots’ impact on returns to work * operational lessons from across the pilots

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has thrown down a challenge to the health service to open up suitable job opportunities to people with learning disabilities.

NHS Employers and NHS England are launching a new national network providing advice, ideas and impetus to all NHS organisations – from local hospital trusts to national bodies – to remove barriers and take steps to accelerate employment of people with learning disabilities in the NHS.