Date lodged: 24 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the NHS workforce identifies as being disabled, and how this compares to the proportion of disabled people in the wider population.
Answered by: Shona Robison 15 August 2017
NHSScotland Workforce Statistics, as at 31 March 2017, show that 0.8% of respondents have self-declared as living with a disability. It is not known how many respondents declined to answer. Further information is available at the linked table: https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/2017-06-06/Equality_and_Diversity_M2017.xls
The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland are taking action to reduce apparent under-reporting where employees are living with a disability. Work is on-going to ensure that all staff working for NHS Boards across Scotland feel comfortable and supported to share their experiences, both through staff surveys and iMatter, a Staff Experience Continuous Improvement Model being rolled out across NHS Scotland.
Information from Scotland’s 2011 census indicates that approximately 20% of people in Scotland are living with a long-term activity-limiting health problem or disability.