Doctors and Dentists with disabilities
Currently, around 10% of patients registered with NHS Practitioner Health self-identify as “disabled” with a 50:50 split between mental and physical disability. Complex, specialist, situations do arise in relation to NHS Practitioner Health patients in relation to disability frequently, even if the presentation had not been originally framed fundamentally as one of disability. It is important for NHS Practitioner Health to continue to manage interfaces and expectations around physical disabilities where these impact on mental health or addiction issues.
The BMA have identified crucial issues needing to be addressed for the disabled doctor workforce, and are working closely with the GMC, HEE and the Royal Colleges to effect change. To read this report from the BMA click here and for a blog response from Dr Shibley Rahman click here. Many of the themes identified in such undertakings are addressed by our new range of publications.
As part of a much broader strategy to raise the profile of disability and practitioner health, NHS Practitioner Health is now publishing nine detailed factsheets devoted to health and wellbeing of disabled doctors.
These factsheets include a discussion of the relevance of disability to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity within the workforce, and the legal obligations in training and education. You can also read a summary version of each factsheet to help identify the topics covered.
We look forward to your feedback and/or suggestions for improvement.
Please contact Dr Shibley Rahman (Special Advisor in disability), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the Disabled Doctors Network website click here
To view our list of disability organisations click here
For autism and aspergers resources click here
The Disabled Doctors Network and website is aimed at chronically ill/disabled doctors, medical students, their colleagues, educators, trainers and anyone else requiring information or support regarding inclusion in the medical professions as a person with a chronic illness or disability.
Not sure which factsheet you need? Read a short summary of each factsheet here.
|Summary factsheet 1 - Disability, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity|
|Summary factsheet 2 - Disability, health and wellbeing|
|Summary factsheet 3 - Reasonable Adjustments and Disability|
|Summary factsheet 4 - Disability, training, education, appraisal and revalidation|
|Summary factsheet 5 - Introduction to employment issues|
|Summary factsheet 6 - The importance of occupational health|
|Summary factsheet 7 - When things don’t work out well|
|Summary factsheet 8 - Resilience|
|Summary factsheet 9 - When disability-related chronic conditions develop or significantly deteriorate|