Welcomed and valued: Supporting disabled learners in medical education and training

Who is this guidance for?

This guidance may be useful for:

  • medical education providers and organisers
  • medical school staff
  • deaneries and Health Education England (HEE) local teams, referred to as postgraduate training organisations
  • local education providers
  • employers
  • royal colleges and faculties.

It will also be useful for individuals, including medical students (both prospective and current) and doctors with long-term health conditions and disabilities.

Local education providers should read this guidance to understand their role in supporting medical schools and postgraduate training organisations to meet their obligations to students and doctors in training while in the work environment. They should also be aware of the options available for supporting students and doctors in training. Employers should always keep in mind the provisions and potential sanctions covered under the Equality Act 2010 and, in Northern Ireland, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Special Educational Needs and Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2005.

We hope people who are thinking of applying to medical school, medical students and doctors will use this guidance to understand the support they can expect to receive while going through their undergraduate and postgraduate training

This document replaces Gateways to the professions. It reaffirms the principles from Gateways to the professions and aims to give more practical advice for the day-to-day aspects of medical education and training.