Information for applicants with disabilities

The DClinPsy programme welcomes applications from people who have disabilities or chronic health conditions and have implemented the Disability Confident scheme (previously known as "two ticks" or "double-tick") in line with the Equality Act (2010) to ensure that applicants who meet our essential criteria and who also have a disability will automatically be offered an interview and be considered for training based upon all their abilities. This is in recognition of the barriers that people have faced in accessing employment and training opportunities.

For further information, please see the following page, and follow the links to the disability equality scheme:

shsc.nhs.uk/about-us/equality/

www.shef.ac.uk/hr/policies/recruitment/legislation/keylegislation.html

We wish to ensure that people are well supported and that we make the necessary reasonable adjustments to make sure this happens, at the interview stage and throughout training. We would encourage people to advise us of any special requirements to enable us to respond to your needs effectively.

We have in place procedures that aim to make this process begin prior to people starting on training to ensure that you have an appropriate training plan in place, as well as if you become in need of support around a disability or health issue whilst in training. This will be regularly reviewed and updated in partnership with you as your needs change over time.

We have close relationships with the Student Support Service for students with Disabilities and Dyslexia. They have advisors with a wealth of experience and knowledge who can support you through the process of further assessment or in applying for funding around support needs whilst you are studying.

www.shef.ac.uk/disability

As you have dual status as an employee and a student, you are also able to access funding through the JobCentre Plus initiatives, such as Access to Work, or to gain advice from their Disability Employment Advisors. This support can be provided at the application stage, interviews, as well as gaining any necessary funding before you even start on the programme. Current and previous trainees have gained funding for placement related needs, such as, for example, transport within placement, or the provision of a personal computer.

jobcentrePlus.gov.uk/JCP/index.html

It can be a nerve wracking experience applying and gaining a place on the Clinical training programme, so if you think it would be useful we´d be happy to facilitate you linking up with a current trainee who has been through some of the above processes to support you, if that is possible. There is also a Disability Liasion Officer for the unit, Rachel Hill, who would be happy to answer any queries you have, tel: 0114 222 6573

email : rachel.hill@sheffield.ac.uk