NEWS: Fewer than 2 in 10 people with a learning disability are in employment

Fewer than 2 in 10 people with a learning disability are in employment – Alana Wellstead, who has learning difficulties, speaks out about the benefits of working at NHS England

This Learning Disability Awareness Week (19-25 June), Alana reminds us of the benefits to employing a diverse workforce, not only for the organisation but also the individual.

NHS England South has worked with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s Project Search team – an international training programme aimed at supporting young people with learning disabilities into paid employment – to offer Alana Wellstead a four month placement, working 4 days a week at its regional office in Reading.

Alana explained: “My work placement at NHS England has been interesting and enjoyable. I have undertaken lots of tasks including laminating, printing agendas, scanning and more recently doing lots of work to help plan and run the regional team Away Day – printing all the name badges, doing the table stands and running the welcome desk on the day.”

Read the full article on the NHS England website.

Courtesy of NHS England

Alana Wellstead, NHS England South Region Work Experience Placement and Project Search Student