New GMC Guidance Offers More Support To Disabled Doctors

Doctors or medical students with disabilities are set to receive better support to help them meet the demands of their training or profession under new guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC).

Earlier this month, the organisation released its Welcome and Valued Guidance, which advises training providers about what they need to do to ensure those with disabilities are “able to fulfil their potential”.

This includes the adjustments they have to make, allocating specific contracts, how to agree confidentiality agreements, and different action plans that might be relevant.

GMC’s medical director and director of education and standards Professor Colin Melville said: “There are already many disabled doctors who are making great contributions to healthcare across the UK, but there are often inconsistencies in the support they receive while they are training and learning.”

He added the new guidance will help “by providing advice for medical schools and training locations about what they can do to make sure students and doctors with disabilities are supported”.

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, who is disabled herself, gave the GMC advice to be able to produce the guidance.

She said the report will help medical staff who have disabilities, as they are an “asset to the NHS and should be treated as such”.

The new guidance outlines what is expected of healthcare training providers and employers with regards to the adjustments they need to make for disabled students and members of staff. It also gives suggestions on how medical schools and postgraduate training organisations can apply their duties in a practical way.

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