Health and disability in medicine 

Reasonable adjustments

In this guidance, we talk about reasonable adjustments as part of the support for medical students and doctors.

What are reasonable adjustments?

The duty to make reasonable adjustments for medical education organisations and employers is that they must take positive steps to remove barriers that place individuals at a substantial disadvantage because of their disability. This is to make sure they receive the same services, as far as this is possible, as someone who is not disabled.

Organisations must adjust the way they do things to try to remove barriers or disadvantages to disabled people. Organisations always have to consider requests for adjustments, but they only have to make the adjustments which are reasonable. If an organisation considers an adjustment but decides it is not reasonable, they may wish to consider keeping an audit trail which explains their decision.

The Act provides that a disabled person should never be asked to pay for the adjustments.