Equality, diversity and inclusion

We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are critical to being an effective regulator and employer.

We want to treat everyone fairly and we want our stakeholders and staff to feel confident that they are being treated fairly. We have four priorities that make up our Equality, diversity and inclusion strategy 2018-20.

  • We act on the equality, diversity and inclusion issues associated with delivering our Corporate Strategy.
  • We discharge our regulatory activities fairly.
  • We help identify, understand and address inequalities for doctors and patients in the wider healthcare systems.
  • We become an inclusive organisation.

As a public sector organisation, we must meet the requirements of equality and human rights law. These are the Equality Act 2010, the public sector Equality Duty, and the Human Rights Act 1998. You can find more information on these from the Equality and Human Rights Commission or Government Equalities Office.

We also regulate medical education, training and practice in Northern Ireland. The Equality Act does not apply in Northern Ireland. But similar equalities legislation applies, which we support through our regulatory activities.

How we make reasonable adjustments 

We try to meet the needs of diverse groups and take steps to make it easier for them to engage with us. We have a reasonable adjustments policy which explains how we make adjustments for disabled people. We also provide information in other languages and in easy read.

Reasonable adjustments policy

Reasonable adjustments policy (large print) 

Working with others

We are proud to be members of diversity organisations. They provide their expertise to help us improve our equality, diversity and inclusion activities. Examples include:

We value the views of our stakeholders and use their insights and expertise to inform our work. Examples of the organisations that we have worked with include:

Strategic Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Forum

Our Strategic ED&I Forum listens and responds to the experiences of doctors with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests.

Black and Minority Ethnic Doctors Forum 

We also have a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Doctors Forum. The forum helps us make sure our regulatory work responds to the needs of BME doctors practising in the UK.