Good medical practice and disability equality

Introduction

This is a supplement to the General Medical Council’s 'Good Medical Practice' guidance.  It is designed to draw out specific implications for disability equality. You can read it online or download it from the Related documents panel. 

This guidance was produced by the former Disability Rights Commission in close conjunction with the General Medical Council (GMC). It is intended to be useful to disabled people generally and to patients and employees in health services. It is particularly important for doctors on the register, whether they work in the NHS, the private sector or other healthcare professions, to be aware of the important difference they can make to the way services are delivered to disabled people. A high proportion of service users and their families are disabled people so this document is key to aiding doctors to understand how they can improve service delivery to this group of people.

This guidance will help disabled people to understand the terminology in ‘Good Medical Practice’ and how it might apply to them. It will also give doctors and other healthcare professionals practical guidance on how they can meet their obligations to disabled patients and colleagues under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Throughout this document there are bullet point references to the GMC's Good Medical Practice guidance , followed by explanations of what the terminology might mean in practical terms for a disabled person. It does not however cover every point from Good Medical Practice as many apply equally to both disabled and non-disabled people. The notes therefore follow the section headings of Good Medical Practice, followed by those bullet points from each section where an illustrative example is relevant.

For more information, read the sections below:

  1. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA): A Brief Explanation
  2. Good clinical care
  3. Maintaining good medical practice
  4. Teaching and training - appraising and assessing
  5. Relationships with patients
  6. Good communication
  7. Working with colleagues
  8. Health

Last Updated: 07 Apr 2010