Professional behaviour and fitness to practise
Considering equality and diversity issues
- 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:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation.
* The Equality Act 2010 does not apply to Northern Ireland. You can find more information about the equality legislation in Northern Ireland on the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland’s website at www.equalityni.org.