Health and disability review

The journey through medical education and training systems is not always an easy one. And it can be even harder if you have a disability.

We are looking at how disabled students and doctors are supported throughout medical education to improve access to the profession. We want to help education providers by giving more practical advice.

Giving us your views

We want to make sure learners know what support is available, and how to get it in the best form for them. Our consultation on draft new guidance, Welcomed and valued, ran between June and September 2018. We will be reviewing the responses and plan to publish the final version in early 2019.

How did we develop the draft we are consulting on?

We collaborated with a range of organisations involved in medical education and training through an expert steering group, chaired by Professor Bill Reid, Postgraduate Dean for South East Scotland. We are also reaching out to a wider reference community of individuals and organisations.

We held nine roundtable events from September–December 2017, where we heard the views of medical students, doctors, and educators about the support for learners who are disabled or have long-term health conditions. Summary of the roundtable discussions and slides of the roundtable discussion).

We also commissioned research with medical school staff, postgraduate education providers and medical students to understand more about the unmet needs in this area. The key findings are available in the 'Identifying unmet needs from the Gateways to the Professions guidance' research report.

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