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Talking General Practice

Supporting neurodivergent doctors and staff in general practice

Season 4, Ep. 15

Emma talks to GPs Dr Beckie Akroyd and Dr Catherine Bell about neurodiversity in the medical profession and what general practice can do to better support doctors and other staff who are neurodivergent.

Beckie is the GP Lead for Autistic Doctors International, a support and advocacy organisation, and until recently Catherine was an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow for Derbyshire’s GP Task Force focusing on supporting neurodivergent staff working in general practice.

Beckie and Catherine talk about their own experiences of being neurodivergent, the challenges neurodivergent doctors can face, including stigma, and why it is important that we frame neurodiversity positively and focus on what people can do rather than what they can’t.

Beckie and Catherine also have lots of practical tips for practices on how they can support neurodivergent staff and advice for anyone listening who may be neurodivergent about how to approach conversations with your employer and places to get additional support.

This episode was presented by GPonline editor Emma Bower. It was produced by Czarina Deen.

Useful links

Autistic Doctors International

Access to Work support

Society of Occupational Medicine: Evaluating and supporting neurodifferences at work

Catherine’s article on neurodiversity in the general practice workforce - available for RCGP members

Acas - Neurodiversity at work

Beckie and Catherine’s full Linktree with links to all the resources they recommended during their talk at the RCGP conference.

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