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Equality and diversity

The General Osteopathic Council is committed to ensuring that all our activities, as a regulator, a service provider and an employer, provide equality of opportunity.

Under the Equality Act 2010 we are subject to the ‘general equality duty’ that applies to all bodies exercising public functions.

Council agreed in January 2018 that its equality and diversity objectives are to:

  • Ensure our regulatory activities are fair and free from unlawful discrimination
  • Ensure that promoting equality and valuing diversity are reflected in the standards we set for the osteopathy profession
  • Promote equality of opportunity and access to the osteopathy profession
  • Communicate and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders in an accessible manner
  • Ensure high standards of in the recruitment, development and ongoing work of staff and non-executives.

Our Equality and Diversity Policy sets out in more detail how we intend to meet our equality and diversity objectives.

Students with a disability or health impairment

As part of our commitment to equality we want to ensure that disabled people who have the potential to become independent osteopathic practitioners can consider education, training and a career in osteopathy.

We therefore publish guidance for osteopathic students and osteopathic educational institutions about students with a disability or health impairment.