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Understanding Equality and Diversity course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Royal College of General Practitioners

Equality and diversity can mean many different things to many different people. This session should help you to reflect on the diverse elements of both your own identity and the UK population as a whole. This session was reviewed by Dirk Pilat and last updated in August 2017.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Define your own identity in terms of diversity
  • Describe UK migration patterns
  • List reasons for migration to the UK
  • Identify key aspects of diversity in the UK

Equality and diversity issues are often perceived to be about other people; people who are somehow different from us. Therefore, it can be useful to start any consideration of this subject by first of all looking at ourselves.

Instructors / Speakers
Jacqueline Beavan,

Jackie Beavan qualified as a nurse in 1971 and was a hospital nurse until the mid-eighties. Since then, she has worked in education and training and has a special interest in communication, equality and diversity.

She has a BA in English, a BSc in Health Science and an MA in Linguistics. In 2002, she helped to update the second edition of ’Valuing Diversity’, an educational resource for GPs, commissioned by the RCGP and edited by Joe Kai. She was also involved in the research and development of ’PROCEED: Professionals responding to ethnic diversity and cancer’, an educational resource commissioned by Cancer Research UK, also edited by Joe Kai.

Jackie is based at the Interactive Studies Unit in the Department of Primary Care and General Practice at the University of Birmingham. Her main role there is to deliver courses in advanced communication skills to senior health professionals working in cancer care. She is also involved in delivering training in communication, equality and human rights for health professionals and medical students. Currently, she is working with Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust on a human rights pilot project in conjunction with the Department of Health and the British Institute of Human Rights.

Paramjit Gill,

Dr Gill is a Reader in Primary Care Research at the University of Birmingham and a GP in Birmingham. His research interests include addressing health inequalities particularly amongst migrant populations and evidence-based health care and its application to health care delivery. In addition he is also the Regional Patron for the charity South Asian Health Foundation (www.sahf.org.uk)

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