Disabled doctors and medical students exist at every level across the profession as valued and valuable members of the medical workforce, but they do not always get the support needed to enable them to thrive. Lack of disability awareness, discrimination and stigma can all have a detrimental impact on these doctors’ lives. Disability should not be a barrier to being a successful doctor.
The BMA is committed to promoting equal rights and opportunities, proactively tackling ableism and discrimination in all forms, and championing the contribution of all doctors and medical students with disabilities, long term health conditions and neurodiversity.
Disabled people in the medical profession
The BMA is working to understand and improve the experiences of disabled doctors and medical students across the profession. In 2019 we carried out a major survey looking at the experiences of disabled people studying, training and working in medicine.
Promoting disability equality in medicine
Our research identified priority areas for action to improve disability equality in medicine, which informs our ongoing policy and engagement work.
Improving access to reasonable adjustments
We provide a range of advice and guidance to help people access adjustments to support them at medical school and in the workplace.
- We provide key information and tips on adjustments at different stages of medical training and careers.
- Our case studies show reasonable adjustments in action and demonstrate their positive impact:
Improving access to reasonable adjustments is a top priority, but be we need to build more awareness of how this works in practice. Help support others by sharing how adjustments have worked for you. To take part, contact the Equality, Inclusion and Culture policy team via [email protected]
Raising awareness of hidden/invisible disability
We are working to improve understanding of hidden disabilities and how to ensure everyone has access to the right support.
Amplifying the voices of disabled medics
We champion disabled medics as experts by experience who bring unique perspectives and insight to the profession. Learn more about their personal experiences below.
Promoting flexible working
Many disabled doctors and medical students told us they could benefit from more flexibility in their training and working patterns. Find out more about flexible working options:
Supporting you with individual issues
Our member services team works with individuals to handle issues that arise locally with your education and employment. Read about some of our most recent successes.
Improving access to peer support
The BMA DLN (disabilities, long-term conditions, and neurodiversity) network is a newly established group to champion and advance diversity across our association.