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CSP calls for easier access to equality adjustments

7 June 2012 - 5:45pm
Many disabled physio staff – including those with visual disabilities - are finding it hard to get the help they are entitled to, according to a CSP motion heard at the TUC Disability Conference in London on 30-31 May.
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Cliff Towson (above), co-convenor of the CSP Disabled Members Network

Under the Equality Act 2010 an employer has a duty to make reasonable changes for disabled applicants and employees. These are known as 'reasonable adjustments'.
 
The CSP called on the TUC to campaign for organisations to make it easier for disabled staff to ask for reasonable adjustments, as well as for training and further support.
 
‘We are regularly dealing with issues from disabled members who are experiencing difficulties getting their reasonable adjustments put in place,’ said Cliff Towson, co-convenor of the CSP Disabled Members Network.
 
‘Disabled people don’t always know their rights and even when they do they aren’t always able to ask for them. Employers need help, advice and resources - for individual cases and staff training – and union reps will also benefit from a clearer structure.’
 
Some visually impaired and dyslexic physio staff might need assistance with the patient administration system that is being implemented nationally as part of the new NHS computer system, he told Frontline.
 
The motion was unanimously accepted.
 
Mr Towson, a lead physiotherapist at South Birmingham MSK Community Health Care, was re-elected to a fourth term on the TUC Disability Committee.

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