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 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.

Summary Factsheet 

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