Declaring a mental disability on a job application in healthcare
December 31, 2013 6:40 AM Subscribe
Should I declare a mental illness on a job application within the NHS (UK) or not?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm about to hit 'SUBMIT' on a job application for an NHS (UK) position that is my dream job.
I have anxiety/panic-disorder. None of the professionals I've been to see want to put a label on it but I meet the DSM-IV criteria for panic disorder easily. It's been under control for as long as I've been alive but recently got so much worse it impacted my job and I sought professional help.
I have two options
a. declare it on a job application, and get a better chance of getting an interview (because they have some quota for interviewing disabled applicants) and I'll get a chance to shine beyond my application
b. don't mention it, because they'll just interview me to meet their quota of interviewing disabled people but have already decided not to hire someone with a mental (as opposed to physical or gender-identity) issue and I'm an easy way to meet their interview-quota with no intention of giving me a chance
I know no one's a mind reader and it's down to the individual personalities of the people making the decision. General advice from experienced people is welcome but advice from anyone specifically involved with the NHS is ideal.
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