Equality and Diversity
This course covers “Equality and diversity” - a term used in the United Kingdom to promote equality, diversity and human rights as fundamental values of society.
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People aren’t “equal”. People are diverse. Equality in this phrase is about providing equality of opportunity for everyone, allowing them to achieve their potential, free from discrimination or prejudice.
In this context, “Diversity” is the political and social policy of encouraging tolerance for people of different backgrounds. It includes mutual respect for multiple ethnic cultures, special needs, disability, gender and more.
This means trying to include many different types of people and treat them all fairly and equally. It is more positive and less passive than "diversity".
By embracing equality, diversity, and inclusiveness, dental professionals can improve the quality of care they provide and support the health and wellbeing of their patients.
One of the key ways in which equality, diversity, and inclusiveness are important in dentistry is in the provision of equitable access to care. This means ensuring that all individuals have the opportunity to receive the dental care they need, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, or socioeconomic status.
By providing equitable access to care, dental professionals can help to reduce health disparities and ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to maintain good oral health.
Another important aspect of equality, diversity, and inclusiveness in dentistry is cultural competency. This refers to the ability of dental professionals to provide care that is sensitive to the unique cultural and social needs of their patients. (Check out our full course on this here.) This may involve understanding the cultural beliefs and practices that can affect oral health, as well as providing care in a way that is respectful and responsive to the needs of diverse communities. By developing cultural competency, dental professionals can improve the quality of care they provide and better support the health and wellbeing of their patients.
In addition to improving access to care and cultural competency, embracing equality, diversity, and inclusiveness can also support the development of a diverse and inclusive dental workforce. This means recruiting and retaining dental professionals from a range of different backgrounds and experiences, and providing an inclusive and supportive work environment that allows all individuals to thrive. By building a diverse and inclusive dental workforce, dental professionals can better reflect the communities they serve and can provide more comprehensive and equitable care.
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The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge and understanding of Equality and Diversity, in line with their identified personal development requirements.
- to provide the learner with the core of knowledge and the understanding necessary to apply the Equality Act 2010 to their work and life.
- to raise their personal awareness about individual differences in the workplace and how those differences inhibit or enhance the way people work together and get work done.
Anticipated learning outcomes:
- know what equality, diversity, inclusivity and discrimination are within the workplace.
- know about the types of discrimination and protected characteristics in the 2010 Equality Act.
- know about the four main types of discrimination which include: Direct discrimination, Indirect discrimination, Harassment and Victimisation.
- through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.
GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcome(s): A, B, D.