Equality, Diversity & Inclusion2023-10-26T11:40:20+01:00

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are three concepts that help to create a fair society where everyone gets equal opportunities. We often encounter these concepts in instances such as recruiting employees to a workplace or recruiting learners (students) to a Higher Education Institute (university).

Equity vs Equality?

The core difference between equity and equality is the difference between fairness and sameness. Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

Equality Law

The Equality Act 2010 ensure that individuals, or groups of individuals, are not treated less favourably based on:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage & civil partnership
  • Pregnancy & maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

How we work together on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion?

Equality, diversity and inclusion are all important issues to BIOS. This is something we aim to reflect throughout our policies and in our education and practice as a professional body. That’s why we have our BIOS Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, who sits on our advisory Council.

One way you can get involved is by becoming part of our EDI Champions network. Our aim is to have a Champion in each department, to foster a culture of inclusion throughout the profession.

If you’d like to become a champion, please contact Marian Owoniyi, our EDI Lead ([email protected]).

BIOS Faith & Cultural Calendar & Resources

Click the image to download our 2023 Multifaith Calendar. Use it on your Practice-based Learning to have a better understanding of your colleagues and service users.

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Want to learn more about the differences in equality, diversity & inclusion? You can read more about what they mean to the HCPC as a regulatory body here.

The HCPC also provide diversity data on their registrants. This is the October 2023 diversity data on Orthoptists.

Health Education England

Diversity and inclusion | Health Education England

Equality diversity and inclusion in AHP | Health Education England

NHS Education for Scotland

Equality and diversity | NHS Education for Scotland

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)

HEIW spell out their plans for creating a more equal Wales

Designing for Diverse Learners

Useful hints a tip for designing learning materials

Trade Union Resources

Tackling Race Discrimination in the NHS – a health check and guide for trade unions

Council of Deans

Anti-racism in AHP Education: Building an Inclusive Environment.

Supporting Learners with Additional Needs

Learners may require adjustments for a variety of reasons relating to their health and wellbeing.

Learners who disclose the need for adjustments in a timely manner often have support from a Higher Education Institute (HEI) tutor and the HEIs own occupational health advisors in considering what reasonable adjustments they may require for their Practice-based Learning (placement). The university may also seek discussion with Practice-based Learning providers to ensure adjustment requests are feasible. It is useful in these circumstances to have a written document outlining the adjustments required to ensure expectations are met.

Types of Discrimination

Take a look at this video to learn more about types of discrimination.