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Positive About Disabled People

Disability Confident Scheme

The Disability Confident Scheme means that all disabled applicants who satisfy the minimum criteria will be offered an interview

Bournemouth is delighted to use the Disability Confident logo to highlight to disabled people that we welcome applications from them and are positive about their abilities.

Having a disability does not prevent an individual from being the best person for the job.

Bournemouth has shown its commitment by acquiring and using the logo, and as such, has given a commitment to good practice regarding employment of people with disabilities, namely:

1. To interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy.
2. To ask disabled employees at least once a year what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities at work.
3. To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure that they stay in employment.
4. To take action to ensure that the key employees develop the awareness of disability needed to make the commitments work.
5. Each year, to review these commitments and what has been achieved; plan ways to improve on them and let all employees and the JobCentre Plus know about progress and future plans.

How we will process your application

Job Advertisement

This should have given you brief details of the job as well as key essential criteria written in the Person Specification.

Job Description

This is prepared or updated regularly to accurately reflect the nature of the job. This will also ensure that if a person with a disability applies, we are aware of the changes to existing work practices (eg. equipment adaptations, job redesign) that are possible.

Person Specification

It is our policy that the information in the Person Specification is prepared and used throughout the recruitment and selection process - from advertising through to final selection.

The details in this form should clearly state the esssential qualifications, knowledge, skills, experience and other personal attributes required to undertake the duties of the job.

The Application Form

On the application form you have the option to advise us whether or not you have a disability under the Equality Act 2010. For us to know to apply the provisions of the Act, you need to advise us by ticking the box provided.

Within the application form you will find a section called 'Supporting Statement'. You must complete this satisfactorily by identifying how you meet the essential criteria relevant to the job content and your ability to undertake the duties of the role.

We will use the Person Specification to assess whether you meet all of the essential criteria.

The panel with responsibility for short listing will be looking for relevant objective evidence and not impressions, so it is important to give examples based on previous experience.

If you have advised us that you have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 and you have qualified on your application form and supporting statement how you meet the essential criteria, you will receive an interview for the job.

Preparation for Interview

All applicants who are shortlisted, will receive a letter or an e mail and a link to an advice booklet (The Selection Process). You will be asked whether you require any particular arrangement to assist you to attend/present yourself to the best advantage at the interview. For example, whether a loop system is available in the room. If you do require any particular arrangements you should contact the Recruiting Manager or the Recruitment Team as soon as possible in order for us to make the necessary arrangements.

Details of how to contact us can be found in Your Application and Our Recruitment Process.


When being interviewed you will only be assessed against the Person Specification. If you are the best person for the job based on that criteria (and we have all the necessary recruitment and selection checks such as references) the Recruiting Manager would then discuss anything that may be required to be undertaken by us, as your employer, or any concerns that you or the manager may have.

Should you choose to volunteer information at the interview and/or wish to discuss any requirements that you may have should you be appointed, you will be able to do so. We will only be assessing you against the criteria on the Person Specification.


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