Reasonable Adjustments and Disability 

 

Reasonable Adjustments

Determining how the doctor with a long-term condition/disability is to be accommodated in clinical settings is potentially dependent on the doctor’s consent to have issues about their disability disclosed to others. 

An employer’s obligation to make reasonable adjustments comes into force when it knows (or is reasonably expected to know) that the employee has a disability and is likely to suffer from a substantial disadvantage as a result. 

It can be particularly difficult to assess mental health conditions and whether they fall within the scope of the Equality Act [2010], so all institutions should provide employees with an opportunity to disclose confidentially any health conditions and should exercise caution before dismissing anyone who has exhibited signs of depression or long-term stress.

If a disability has been disclosed, the line manager or supervisor should enter into a dialogue with the employee to clarify how the issue is to be managed, and who is to be notified about their disability .The duty to make reasonable adjustments is found in section 20 Equality Act [2010]
 

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