Equality matters is built on four key values that aim to give doctors equal access to opportunities, free from prejudice and discrimination.
- Equality matters because it's morally right, and so every medical student and doctor can progress and achieve their full potential.
- Equality matters because organisations rooted in equality, diversity and inclusivity are more productive, harmonious and have more content staff.
- Equality matters because it's good for the NHS and patient care - since it brings out the best of the capability of the medical workforce.
- Equality matters in the BMA so that it may harness the talent in our elected representatives to act on behalf of our members and to stand by the standards we expect in the NHS.
The programme will help us all to tackle any signs of discrimination and inappropriate behaviour. The BMA will continue to lobby for decisive action to end discrimination, and for processes and procedures that support doctors to fulfil their potential.
These modules will help to improve your awareness and perception of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Each module consists of short video clips featuring workplace scenarios and multiple-choice assessment quizzes, and each will take approximately 20 to 60 minutes to complete.
The modules available are:
- inclusion essentials
- challenging behaviour
- inclusive leadership
- understanding unconscious bias
- the impact of micro-behaviours
Our policy work
The BMA’s Equalities, Inclusion and Culture (EIC) policy team engages with key external stakeholders on policy-related EIC matters.
We produce research, briefings and guidance for members who are looking to implement equality and inclusion policies into their practices, and influence policy development in their locality.
Our recent work includes:
- working with medical schools to tackle racial harassment
- raising awareness of domestic abuse as a workplace issue
- working to address bullying and harassment in the medical profession
- calling for better support for disabled doctors and medical students in education, training and in the workplace
- providing guidance on disability-related workplace adjustments
- working to address the root causes of the gender pay gap in medicine
- calling for greater LGBT equality in the workplace
- highlighting the need to tackle gender bias in medicine
- working to improve the workplace for doctors experiencing menopause.
Race equality in medicine summit
On the 11 July 2018 the BMA invited key stakeholders and experts to discuss race equality in medicine.
The event identified actions to address a range of issues including:
- differential attainment in medical education and training
- widening access to the profession
- ensuring fairness in fitness to practise proceedings
- preventing disproportionate disciplinary action
- race equality in primary and secondary care
It also included a panel discussion focused on how we can change the system to create a more supportive and inclusive environment for BME doctors and medical students.
The event was chaired by BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul, previous BMA president Dinesh Bhugra and previous representative body chair Anthea Mowat:
- Chaand Nagpaul - opening address and first session
- Dinesh Bhugra - panel session
- Anthea Mowat - final session.
Speakers and panellists included:
- Aneez Esmail, University of Manchester
- Anna Rowland, GMC
- Roger Kline, Middlesex University
- Subodh Dave, Royal College of Psychiatrists associate dean for trainee support
- Ronx Ikharia, emergency medicine doctor, Barts NHS Trust
- Ramesh Mehta, BAPIO president
- Amit Kochhar, BMA staff grade, associate specialist and specialty doctor committee chair
- Chandra Kanneganti, British International Doctors Association chair
- Dinesh Bhugra, BMA President (2018-19)
- Emma Wiley, British Islamic Medical Association
- Olamide Dada, Melanin Medics
- Terry John, BMA international committee chair
- Yvonne Coghill, NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard director
- Anthea Mowat, previous BMA representative body chair.
Get in touch
If you'd like to share your ideas or feedback about how we can further the work of this programme, please email [email protected].