The ongoing demographic change in the UK leads to a superdiverse population, posing new challenges to the NHS and all healthcare professionals. Diversity education is therefore an important component for all healthcare students. The UK Diversity in Medicine and Health (DIMAH) is composed of a group of clinicians, students, educators and researchers with a wide range of experience and expertise in diversity education. In the past few years, DIMAH has been providing support and leadership in diversity education. Our members have published a series of educational guidelines and research articles to support curricular development, advance understanding of new issues and debate challenges facing medicine and healthcare. DIMAH, as a national organization, gained recognition among regulatory bodies as well as health schools. We have been working closely with the General Medical Council and the UK Medical Schools Council. We also established connections with educational bodies, including the Centre for Advanced Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) and UK Clinical Communication council (UKCCC). In the next phase, our collaboration and influence will continue to expend across all health sectors. Moving forward, we strive to achieve the following aims.
Teaching and Training
Develop high-quality and accessible teaching through sharing practice, designing workshops
and hosting biannual conferences.
Collaboration and Policy:
Provide leadership in collaboration with a range of stakeholders to inform and support
Drive positive changes to education and healthcare, leading towards equal and ‘high quality
care for all, now and for future generations’ (NHS England, 2016).
Conduct educational and empirical research in a wide range of topics that can be translated
into positive changes to policy-making, clinical practice and healthcare education.
2018 will be the launch of our “Collaboration for change in Diversity Education in Healthcare” Conference. We look forward to seeing presentations and posters focusing on collaborations with students or partnerships with health care courses.
Our vision will build on the established foundation and continue to collaborate with deans of health schools, faculty members, clinicians, students, regulatory and professional bodies to ensure that diversity education is effectively embedded in all healthcare curricula. We particularly aim to establish a nationwide network for healthcare students who are keen to play a significant role in driving their own education.
The next three years of DIMAH will be known as a period of “Collaboration for Change”, with every meeting being an exciting event, which no one would want to miss. We would like to see many of you, who are involved in healthcare, education, research or policy making. This is an important endeavour to embark on, in order to provide safe and person-centred care to all in the superdiverse society in the UK. Although we are UK based, we welcome colleagues from all around the world to join us. You can write to us by using the message function here.
This website is regularly updated to provide members with increasingly more resources to support educational and professional development. If you are interested to become a member, you can join us by using this form. As a member, you will be joining a network of colleagues with shared interests in the UK and be invited to DIMAH meetings and conferences. If you like, you can also play an active role in DIMAH as a committee member.
We look forward to hearing from you; and hope to welcome you to become a member soon.
Ms Margot Acer Turner
Dr Shuangyu Li