Thursday 23rd Jul 2015 - First Practice Management (FPM) Group
First Practice Management (FPM) Group is proud to announce that we are supporting the Disability Confident campaign.
The campaign is being led by the Department of Work and Pensions and aims to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have opportunities to work to their full potential.
There are many reasons FPM Group is supporting the Disability Confident campaign, but one of the key reasons is that it makes good business sense. According to Business Disability Forum (formerly Employer’s Forum on Disability) disabled employees have a better attendance record, stay longer and have fewer accidents than non-disabled employees. The BDF also provide the following statistics:
Legal opinion suggests that due to the funding source and internal medical expertise, GP Practices would be expected to be more accommodating to employees (or applicants) with disabilities. In a tribunal situation, what would be deemed as reasonable for a standard organisation would need to be more generous in a medical environment? Under disability discrimination legislation, there is also no upper limit to the amount of compensation that can be awarded.
We are committed to supporting our members and Thornfields delegates with all of their employment needs, including how to support and manage people with disabilities.
As well as reviewing what we do internally, including looking at how WE support people with disabilities, we are going to ensure we can support our clients as much as possible in this area. The following are things FPM Group have started to roll in and pledge to do going forward:
Our commitment to being disability confident is a continuous one which will result in progressive developments to the FPM and Thornfields service.