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Heidi Buckell, Disability Champion

Hello, my name is Heidi Buckell and I am the Disability Champion at West Herts.

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“My story clearly shows that the Trust is therefore making every effort to improve the lives of both disabled employees and patients who have a disability”

I have been working for West Hertfordshire Trust for over 15 years when I begun I was working on a temporary basis for the Quality Governance Department helping them with inputting details, on a Access Database of incidents which had been reported throughout the Trust. The Trust then decided to purchase Datix which is the leading software for the management of Risk, my job therefore expanded to managing the Datix system and became a permanent position.

The Trust soon realised that I had a strong passion for Disability Awareness and that I had a skill for giving talks about living with a disability and to date I have had the pleasure of delivering several talks. The most notable talks include – speaking to the Trust Board, a Grand Round meeting, for doctors, and also as part of a Shwartz Round.

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Where possible, my managers have been flexible and have on times, allowed me to change my office and to also change my hours of work.

In November 2018 the Trust offered me the role of Disability Champion which was initiated by the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development - a role which I am delighted to do.  The Trust is already Disability Confident but the focus is now on becoming a Disability Confident Employer which I will be helping the Trust to achieve.  My role will also be one of a supportive role, for other disabled employees and also disabled patients.

My story clearly shows that the Trust is therefore making every effort to improve the lives of both disabled employees and patients who have a disability.




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