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Disability History Month - Michael's story

As we continue our celebration of Disability History Month we are pleased to share Michael's story.

Michael has worked with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) for a number of years during which time he has gone through the process of being formally diagnosed with Autism.

In this short video Michael describes his journey, the support he received and what he found supportive from his manager and from colleagues during this time.

There's lots of health and wellbeing support available for colleagues at CDDFT.

The CDDFT Health Passport continues to be used as a tool to facilitate and capture discussions between staff and managers on their disability and long term health conditions.

As a living document, the Health Passport provides an opportunity to discuss reasonable adjustments, changes in health and additional support that needs to be put in place.

Following recent feedback from staff our current document has seen some revisions to further identify and support colleague and managers.
A Neurodiversity toolkit and directory is also available that provides staff and managers with further information on a range of neurodiverse conditions.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital