Disabled People, Effective Practitioners: Enabling a Health Care Workforce that Better Reflects Society

Christine Dearnley, Sunitaben Morris, Janet Hargreaves, Lizzie Walker, Jacinta Elliott, Stuart Walker, Catherine Arnold

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    In this paper we will discuss the current tensions that exist between UK anti-discrimination legislation and the professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs) that govern registration of health and social care practitioners in the United Kingdom. The tensions arise from aspirations for a work force that reflects the wider community and the need to safeguard patient safety. We present an overview of the relevant legislation and the requirements of the main health and social care professional statutory and regulating bodies, whose overall aim is safeguarding the general public. Four individual case studies, which have drawn on qualitative and quantitative data to explore some of the ensuing challenges and seek resolutions, are discussed and their outcomes synthesised to make recommendations. Conducting research with disabled participants requires specific considerations; we reflect on these in this paper and discuss our experiential learning.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)259-274
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


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