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Nursing with a disability or neurodiversity

RCN members share their lived experience of disability and neurodiversity

We're asking nurses, healthcare support workers and students with lived experience of ill health, disability and neurodiversity to share their stories. Being a healthcare professional with a disability can bring many challenges, but a diverse workforce has huge benefits for nursing and patients. By listening to the experiences of colleagues we can all be better equipped to support an inclusive health sector. 

To find out how to make your own podcast for the series, please see the guidance lower down on this page.

This is part of a wider piece of work to capture the lived experience of our members with different protected characteristics, such as our Nursing Whilst Black podcast series which you can listen to here.

We are also keen to develop the series to include the experiences of trans, LGB+ and many others. Please email if you would like to be involved and have ideas for the development of the series.


Karen Hampson                                                                                                                                                                             

Garth Ravenhill

Sylvia Riding

You can also download a transcription of the podcasts here 

Share your story in a podcast

You might consider yourself to have a disability or an impairment, or to be disabled by society, you may identify as neurodiverse or diversely abled, or have a long term health condition or chronic illness.

However you choose to refer your situation, we'd like you to tell us and to share your nursing story. 

This is a project for all RCN members to help understand what it is like to nurse with a disability, health condition or neurodiversity. We're collecting your podcasts to build a library of stories. 

For more information you can either watch our video below or download our guidance sheet here

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Member Stories

A growing video resource allows you to hear first hand from members with lived experience of ill health and disability.
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Removing Disabling Barriers at Work

Click to read our new guidance, based on the lived experience of our members. 

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Join Peer Support

Join our network for members with lived experience of ill health, disability and neurodiversity to give & receive support.