Inclusive language is essential – launch of the ‘BMA guide to effective communication: inclusive language in the workplace’
The way we choose our words can contribute greatly towards the celebration of our diversity. Making sure that we communicate with each other using inclusive language is vital to creating open and supportive workplaces.
Inclusive language is about treating each other with dignity, and as equal members of an integrated community. Language is dynamic, and terms disappear, re-emerge and are revised. We all need to be sensitive to changing expressions and meanings as they emerge.
For the BMA it’s a key part of embedding our values and behaviours in all that we do, and our corporate EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) team has developed a new ‘Guide to effective communication: inclusive language in the workplace’ to help us make better use of language. The guide promotes good practice through the use of language which shows respect for, and sensitivity towards, everyone. It includes information about the types of things we need to consider in our workplaces, as well as a quick reference guide which contains helpful hints and tips.
I would encourage you all to read and share this guide, and think about how you can apply it in your day-to-day work. This is a time where we need to come together to support and protect our colleagues and our patients, and value everybody’s contributions to the NHS.
Minha língua é o portugês: Então caríssimos doutores, em nome da diversidade, sugiro que não mais utilizem a palavra médico, pois os curandeiros, feiticeiros e pajés podem se sentir ofendidos. Brexit now!
Words do matter. Using words such as "person" instead of female or woman is using exclusive language, not inclusive. Shame.
This is absurd. I guess the BMA doesn't have standards anymore.
This kind of Orwellian propaganda is reducing civil rights struggles to absurdity.
Very sad to see women unable to name motherhood what it is in the public sphere in order to protect the feelings of a tiny group of people.
You would hope that doctors at least would still be allowed to discuss the biological reality of women without being silenced.