Development of a framework to embed equality and diversity within undergraduate nursing and midwifery programmes

Coleman, D. (Participant), Anderson, G. (Presenter), Santin, O. (Advisor)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Background: Whilst equality and diversity (ED) may be considered inherent within the concept of professionalism, educators have a duty to ensure that nursing and midwifery students are educated and inspired in an environment that nurtures and promotes ED. Consideration of ED should be paramount within undergraduate programmes of education that support the development of skills and knowledge to provide individualised care, whilst also reflecting respect and equality, for those undertaking education and practice learning. In response to the increasing need to ensure that ED is embedded in all aspects of nursing and midwifery education a project was initiated that aimed to co-design a framework which enables reflection of ED throughout the student journey.
Aim: Develop a framework that embeds equality and diversity within undergraduate nursing and midwifery programmes.
Methods: Four focus groups with current and previous Leads in ED, Midwifery Lead and Lead for Internationalisation were convened. Discussions focused on previous experience of ED practice, strengths, weaknesses and current gaps in ED provision. Discussions were recorded and thematically analysed to identify essential components of an ED framework. Information gathered was used to develop draft content and structure of an ED framework.
A two hour workshop was subsequently held to gather wider stakeholder views. This allowed the group to share and learn from each other’s perspectives on the identified ED needs and how the suggested components of the framework can meet these needs. These discussions were also recorded and thematically analysed. Information gathered was used to modify the framework.
Results: Five components were identified upon which an ED framework should be developed. These were: Empowering the Educators; Promotion and Advertising of Nursing and Midwifery Education; Selection of Candidates; Embedding Equality and Diversity in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Competence to Practice.
Conclusion: The consultation process concluded that a framework should be developed to guide the embedding of ED practice. The resulting framework has been tailored to reflect the various stages of the student journey and provides practical steps and points of reflection at each stage.
Period17 Apr 2019
Held atRCN Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition
Degree of RecognitionNational