Discussing disability in the workplace

BMA guidance to support both managers and staff.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors Practice managers
Updated: Wednesday 22 November 2023
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Disclosing a disability to an employer is an individual decision, and there is no obligation on anybody to do so. However, there are many reasons why telling an employer about a disability or long-term health condition can be a positive action that empowers, protects and assists disabled people in the workplace. It can also help both managers and staff to find ways to ensure that they can work effectively together.

This guidance is designed to support both managers and staff. It gives practical advice on how to plan for and approach conversations about disability, to ensure they are constructive, respectful, and lead to improved support and more inclusive working environments.

Within this guidance we have used direct quotations from disabled doctors who have informed the development of this guidance.


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