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

Deborah Coleman, Gail Anderson, Olinda Santin

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Background: Whilst equality and diversity 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 equality and diversity. Consideration of equality and diversity 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 equality and diversity 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 equality and diversity throughout the student journey. Thus, supporting all students to live, learn and work in an ever-changing world.
Aim: To develop a framework that embeds equality and diversity within undergraduate nursing and midwifery programmes.
Methods: Four focus groups with current and previous Leads in Equality and Diversity, Midwifery Lead and Lead for Internationalisation were convened. Discussions focused on previous experience of equality and diversity practice, strengths, weaknesses and current gaps in equality and diversity provision. Discussions were recorded and thematically analysed to identify essential components of an equality and diversity framework. Information gathered was used to develop draft content and structure of an equality and diversity 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 equality and diversity 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 equality and diversity 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 equality and diversity 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.

Keywords: equality, diversity, competence, nursing and midwifery education
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 17 Apr 2019
EventQUB Annual Learning and Teaching Conference - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Apr 201917 Apr 2019


ConferenceQUB Annual Learning and Teaching Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • Curriculum


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