Listening and responding to needs


Our Strategic Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I)  and Black and Minority Ethnic Doctors forums are a formal channel for us to listen to experiences of doctors.

Strategic Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 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 

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


We commission and conduct a lot of research. The results of that research helps to shape the guidance we give and the way we work.


During 2019, we commissioned independent research to look at why we receive a higher rate of referrals for some groups of doctors. The research identified six factors within those doctors' environment that help to explain why this occurred, together with some recommendations that can be taken forward to address this. You can read the full "Fair to refer?" paper in our research section.

Between 2013–19, we conducted or commissioned several pieces of research around differential attainment. Differential attainment is what we call the gap between attainment levels of different groups of doctors. Differences connected solely to age, gender or ethnicity of a particular group are unfair. Our standards require training is fair for everyone.

All our research is available on our Research and insight archive.


Our Welcomed and valued guidance provides advice on how medical schools and postgraduate educators can provide support to disabled learners. We also gathered some of the experiences of doctors and students have had in our Welcomed and valued resources section.

We developed a learning disabilities topic on our ethical hub. It explores how doctors can make their practice more accessible for patients with a learning disability. We've also developed a topic on trans healthcare to look at ways doctors can make their practice more inclusive to trans and non-binary people.

Welcome to UK practice workshops

Adapting to UK practice can be difficult for any doctor, regardless of where they're from or how experienced they are. For a number of years we've been offering workshops to support doctors new to the UK. You can find out more about the workshops in the Welcome to UK practice section, and the accompanying self-study online case-studies.