As part of World Autism Acceptance Week,  Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust held an internal ‘Neurodiversity in the workplace’ event for staff to expand their knowledge about neurodiversity.

It is also hoped the event will "equip" hospital staff with "practical strategies and insights" to support colleagues.

World Autism Acceptance Week aims to raise awareness about autism, educate others and promote a more accepting and inclusive society for neurodiverse individuals.

Neurodiversity encompasses those with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and other neurological variations.

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The day-long programme included keynote speaker, Thomas Henley, an autism advocate and Commonwealth Gold Medalist in Taekwondo, interactive discussions on managing everyday challenges, and staff from across the Trust relating their lived experiences.

The seminar was organised by Trust’s Ability Confident Network, one of six staff networks set up to support its diverse and talented employees.

Judy Dyos, Chief Nursing Officer, and Executive Sponsor of the Network, said: “We strive to create an environment where everyone can succeed and be their best selves. In today’s rapidly evolving workplace, embracing diversity is not just about recognising differences in race, gender, or culture; it's also about understanding and valuing the unique perspectives and abilities that neurodivergent individuals bring to our teams.”

According to the National Autistic Society, only 29 per cent of autistic people are in any form of employment. As part of its inclusion commitments, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust offers interview adjustments for candidates with autism to ensure a fair and comfortable recruitment process.