Astriid Consulting

Partnering with you to attract, empower and retain people with long-term conditions for diversity and growth

Experts on Long-Term Conditions in the workplace

Many businesses recognise the value of having a diverse workforce, but did you know that people with long-term conditions (LTCs) form a huge untapped talent pool?

People with long-term conditions offer an innovative solution to the UK skills crisis – many are highly skilled and qualified, and they’re looking for meaningful work with inclusive employers like you. The next step is to tackle the systemic barriers that are standing in-between talented individuals and the business need for their skills.

Bridging the knowledge gap on long-term conditions at work

As a charity that supports these individuals who are seeking work, the biggest barrier we see is a knowledge gap – business leaders want to recruit diverse talent, but don’t yet have the understanding or skills to empower people with long-term conditions in the workplace. And that’s why Astriid is here to help.

According to recent survey findings, 90% of our candidates feel managers lack information and understanding on how to best support them in the workplace. This isn’t surprising news to us, as we also know that just 4% of companies include health and disability in their Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy… despite the fact that around 1 in 5 of the UK population is disabled.

Here at Astriid, we have unrivalled expertise in long-term conditions and inclusive employment. We support people with neurological, musculoskeletal, and autoimmune conditions (including fibromyalgia, Long Covid, lupus, and many more) and help facilitate meaningful working relationships where both employer and employee can thrive.

Everybody on our team manages their own long-term conditions or disabilities, and we use these lived experiences to shape our work. This has led us to develop a unique set of tools to support forward-thinking leaders and managers who want to cultivate meaningful diversity and inclusion in their workforce. We focus on:

  • Attracting the best disabled talent
  • Retaining your existing workforce if they develop a long-term condition
  • Empowering people with LTCs to perform at their best

Let us partner with you to transform the challenge of long-term conditions into an opportunity for your organisation to flourish. We offer training and workshops, assessment and accreditation, in-depth research and bespoke consultancy, so if you’re ready to move forward, simply register your details and we’ll be in touch!

Meet the team

Catherine Hale

Head of Consulting
Catherine has ten years of disability inclusion leadership, policy and research expertise. She is a thought-leader in long-term and energy-limiting conditions in the workplace and Founder of Chronic Illness Inclusion.

Steve Shutts

Charity CEO
Steve has led the Astriid charity since its launch by the founder, David Shutts OBE, in 2018. His career has been centred on business consultancy and marketing, and he now has responsibility for the development of effective corporate relationships.

Pippa Stacey

Communications Consultant
Pippa is a writer, speaker, and content creator who's named as one of the most influential disabled people in the UK. She has a particular interest in inclusive and sustainable employment practice for people with energy-limiting conditions like her own.

Katy Francis

Researcher
Katy is a keen researcher with experience in the non-profit sector. Her area of interest is in improving workplace accessibility for those with long-term health conditions. She is an advocate for disability inclusion, derived from her own lived experience and from her role in Astriid's Job Matching team where she helps candidates access meaningful work.

Shonagh Hodgson

Training Staff
Shonagh has 10 years + experience as a Trainer and Coach in the retail and charity sectors. She lives with Chronic Migraine and Psoriatic Arthritis and is neurodivergent. As Candidate Co-ordinator at Astriid she loves to use her skills and experience to support individuals to achieve their goals.

Patricia Clark

Training Staff
Patricia was a primary school teacher for 20 years before developing ME/CFS. Since 2019 she has worked as a Candidate Coordinator for Astriid. She embraces her ADHD, loves to learn, and is continually passionate about finding creative ways to teach and educate others.

Training and Workshops

Our training programme centres on recruitment, retention and performance through workplace adjustments. These are the key areas of skill businesses need to deliver inclusive employment for people with long-term conditions. Our training is designed and delivered by lived experience experts, accompanied by real-life case studies to illustrate the challenges and solutions we discuss.

Find out about our pioneering approach to energy-limiting conditions in the workplace, such as Long Covid, which is developed in collaboration with people we support.

a woman sat at desk looking at her open laptop and smiling, representing working with a long-term condition

E-Learning

We’re very excited to be launching our brand new e-learning course, which is based on our pioneering approach to long-term conditions in the workplace.

The whole course can be completed online, which allows for self-paced learning to be delivered at scale in a way that’s cost-effective for you. We can also licence the content for you to include in your own branded learning and development solutions.

Assessment and Accreditation

Our assessment and accreditation scheme allows your organisation to measure progress on including people with long-term conditions and disabilities, identify priorities for change and enhance your reputation as an employer of choice for disabled talent.

The scheme is divided into four main elements, and centred around the factors that matter the most when it comes to inclusive recruitment, retention and performance.

The four areas of assessment are

  • Disability inclusion leadership and culture
  • Inclusive recruitment
  • Workplace adjustments, policies, and processes
  • Managing sickness absence and return to work

Workforce Research

The most powerful way to benchmark your organisation’s performance on long-term conditions and disability inclusion is by really listening to your disabled employees and their managers.
But how do you do that when more than half of disabled employees choose not to identify as disabled at work, often through fear and anxiety?

Our deep dive into disability inclusion in your workforce provides the answer.

We have developed a unique research tool, combining qualitative and quantitative methods. We enable a safe and confidential environment for disabled employees to feel heard, be counted and become part of the journey for disability inclusion.

Our research tool measures not just workforce representation but inclusion and belonging at work among disabled employees, and confidence and skills among those who manage them.

Get in touch with our Consulting Team