How can medical schools apply their duties?

Overall support structures: What does good look like?

Medical schools must support disabled learners to participate in education and training. This includes making reasonable adjustments.

Every medical school will have individual systems and structures on how to do this.

We commissioned research to understand what helps provide successful support to students across medical schools. The research highlights principles of good practice that medical schools can adapt to their ways of working:

  • Fostering a positive culture towards health conditions and disability
  • Supporting students in sharing information early
  • Having established and clear processes for supporting disabled learners
  • Effective communication
  • Individualised tailored support
  • Inclusive learning environment
  • Investing in staff training and workshops
  • Monitoring and review

Note: More details on what students told us as part of the research are in the appendix of the document (panels A1-A2).