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Valuing difference

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We aim to foster a culture where individual differences and diversity are welcomed.

We are committed to promoting equal rights and opportunities, supporting diversity and creating an open and inclusive environment for our members, employees and stakeholders.

We are dedicated to valuing difference in all of our functions and supporting the diversity of our members and employees.


Why does equality and inclusion matter to us?

Equality and inclusion is integral to our work as a trade union, a professional association and employer.

This matters to us because:

  • Our ability to stand up for doctors, both individually and collectively, on a variety of employment issues, needs the trust and confidence of all our members and partners.
  • To influence on key ethical, scientific and public health matters we need the trust of our partners and stakeholders.
  • We want to understand the diverse needs of doctors and patients and tailor our services accordingly.
  • Having an inclusive and diverse workforce which reflects the rich diversity of the UK population, and the communities in which we operate, is key to achieving our mission and vision.
  • We must comply with equality and human rights legislation, and we want to be recognised as an organisation that aspires to high standards and good practice in all that we do.


Why do we carry out equality and inclusion monitoring?

We value the diversity of the medical workforce and are committed to representing a membership that reflects it.

We seek to ensure that all our members are treated with dignity and respect regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation.

Equality and inclusion monitoring allows us to establish how representative our current committee structures are. It also helps us to identify potential barriers to participation for members, and address any inequalities, assess progress over time, and inform our strategic priorities.

We realise that some members may feel uncomfortable about providing us with such data - and we therefore provide an opt out. However, without this information about members, we risk reinforcing stigma and invisibility, and failing to address issues affecting minority groups.

The information you provide to us is confidential and protected by law. The confidentiality of personal information is a top priority for us. Your personal information is not shared with any external organisation, government department, local council, or marketing company.

The information we collect is used solely to produce statistics and for statistical research. We analyse and present this information in aggregate form and do not use it in any way that allows individuals to be identified.

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You can help us - update your details

Our monitoring system allows us to compile data on equality and inclusion directly through your membership profiles.

For this, it is really important that your membership details are up to date. You can do this by signing in using your member log in details.

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Contact us

If you have any queries about our equality and inclusion work, please contact Yasemin Dil on [email protected]