Consultation on support for disabled doctors closing

UK health services may be missing out because doctors with disabilities and health issues don’t always get the support they need to fulfil their potential, says the General Medical Council (GMC).

The closing date for the regulator’s consultation on new guidance, called Welcomed and valued, is fast approaching. The GMC is keen to get views and input from as many individuals and organisations as possible before the 20 September deadline.

The draft guidance advises medical educators and employers on what they can do to ensure all students and doctors, including those with disabilities, have the environments they need to progress.

The GMC oversees medical education and training across the UK, and is working with doctors’ representatives and organisations responsible for delivering teaching and training to develop advice on how best to support disabled doctors. 

"A diverse medical workforce is important as it reflects and better understands the population it treats and cares for. Doctors with health conditions and disabilities have a lot to offer, and at a time when the country needs all the medical staff it can get it’s unacceptable for unnecessary barriers to be placed in the way of those who want to become our future doctors"

Professor Colin Melville

GMC Director of Education and Standards

‘In order for this to happen, it is vital that those who are beginning their medical education, as well as doctors in training, are given the help and flexible support they need from those delivering their education and training.

‘It is a complex area, and we have drafted our guidance in collaboration with experts, including disabled medical students and doctors who have told us about the hurdles they had to overcome to pursue their careers.

‘This consultation will help us finalise the guidance, which will outline the practical support medical education and training providers can offer to ensure all doctors, regardless of disability, are welcomed and valued, and given the tools and flexibility they need to succeed.’  

More information on how to take part in the GMC’s Welcomed and valued consultation is available at The consultation closes on Thursday 20 September.