East Surrey Hospital has been officially recognised by Surrey Choices for its efforts in supporting people with disability living in Surrey to find employment and make a valuable contribution to the workplace.
The hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, scooped first place in the ‘Pulling It All Together’ category of the Surrey Choice ‘Employability – Making a Difference’ Awards last week (16 April).
Christina Earl, Employability team manager said: ‘East Surrey Hospital was recognised for the flexible, creative, supportive approach it has adopted to give employment opportunities to people with disabilities. The hospital is helping change attitudes to ensure the people we support are seen as work colleagues, not just people with disabilities.”
Michael Wilson, Chief Executive, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said: “As a local employer we celebrate diversity and it is privilege to see so many people make such a positive and important contribution to our work here at East Surrey Hospital.”
Congratulations also go to East Surrey Hospital post room assistant, 37 year old Gavin Jackson from Smallfield in Surrey, who was presented with an award for ‘Outstanding Achievement’.
Gavin, who has a hearing impairment, was offered a job at East Surrey Hospital just over a year ago said: “I am grateful to be working here and feel very lucky to be surrounded by supportive people. Everyone is friendly and understanding and this has given me the confidence to grow in my role and look forward to coming to work each day.”