Inclusive and accessible standards
We put equality, diversity and inclusion at the centre of the Good medical practice review.
For example, we:
Made sure our consultation events and workshops were fair and supportive for all
We provided ways to feedback anonymously and ran events in partnership with several representative organisations. Their expertise supported honest conversations about how the updated standards might work for different groups of medical professionals, in different settings and across different career stages.
Worked with specialist research companies to reach people who may not be able or want to complete online surveys.
This included speaking to refugees, those who have experienced domestic abuse, school children, young carers, people who need support to read, people undergoing gender reassignment, older people in residential care, people who have accessed healthcare while in prison, and people with physical and mental and sensory disabilities. They ran focus groups in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.
Carefully considered unintended consequences
We considered feedback on the potential for unintended consequences, including how the updated standards could unfairly affect certain groups of patients or professionals.
Tested the final standards
We ran focus groups with doctors, physician associates, anaesthesia associates, patients and healthcare organisations. This helped us to test the final version of the standards, making sure the language is clear and accessible for all.
Set-up a diverse team
A large team of staff from across the organisation, including practising clinicians, have been involved in this review. They have experience and expertise in:
- medical law and ethics
- the realities of clinical practice and healthcare systems in each country of the UK
- medical education and training
- research and data analysis
- equality, diversity and inclusion