Access to Work
Access to Work is a publicly funded support programme to assist staff who have a disability or a long term health condition (physical or mental) to stay within work.
What support can be provided?
It can provide a range of support mechanisms, examples of this being:
- providing aid and equipment in the workplace
- adapting equipment to make it easier to use
- money towards any extra travel costs to and from work if public transport is unavailable, or if vehicles need adapting
- an interpreter or other support at a job interview if you have difficulty communicating
- other practical help at work, such as a job coach or a note taker or lip speaker
Who can access the scheme?
Any employee with a disability, mental or physical health condition that impacts their role can apply for the grant, regardless of their length of service.
How to Apply?
The application form is employee led and details of the scheme, eligibility, and how to apply is available on the government site here: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work
When applying for Access to Work, please do notify your HR Business Advisor and provide their contact details to the Access to Work team.
Once Access to Work has done their assessment, they will usually send a copy of the support needed and funding that can be provided to both the employer and yourself. HR will then liaise with you around putting the support in place, whether that be ordering equipment or facilitating conversations, and claiming for any funding back from Access to Work.
If you wish to discuss other support options that are available to you, please do talk to your HR Business Advisor/HR Business Partner, a list of these can be found here: https://hr.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/about/contacts-by-area/