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How can medical schools make sure their processes for managing concerns about professionalism and fitness to practise are fair?

Paragraph 7 of Professional behaviour and fitness to practise says:

7. Medical schools’ procedures for managing concerns about professionalism and fitness to practise should clearly explain how they make sure their processes are fair. Procedures should outline schools’ responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and should make sure they don’t unfairly discriminate on the basis of lifestyle, culture, or social or economic status. This includes characteristics protected by legislation, that apply to further and higher education establishments:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

We believe this would be relatively straightforward. A medical school’s procedures can:

  • acknowledge they are aware of your responsibilities with regard to the Equality Act 2010
  • signpost different places students can get support
  • state how student fitness to practise (SFTP) panellists are trained to handle E&D issues (this links to the previous question)
  • state if the medical school takes any other steps for diversity, for example ensuring the SFTP panels are mixed.

Most of this would be covered by existing University regulations and processes such as the SFTP committee constitutions or related diversity/inclusion policies.