What do we know about diverse groups?


We run a research programme that commissions research to help us understand the impact of our work. Below you can find information about published research that is relevant to diverse groups.


We collect data about doctors through all our regulatory functions; this includes doctors in training, and doctors that are registered and licensed to practise in the UK.

We also collect data about the public that interact with us, for example members of the public that respond to consultations and those that have concerns about their doctors. Having this information enables us to analyse if the outcomes of our processes are fair and help us meet the aims of the general equality duty.

Views on fairness and the Communitybaptistpa - Research

Being fair and objective is crucial to the Communitybaptistpa. To help us understand how doctors think we are doing in this respect, we commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) - an independent not-for-profit research organisation - to do a study looking at doctors’ views of the Communitybaptistpa.

What were the results?

The research looked at the perceptions of 3,500 doctors practicing in the UK, from the way we register doctors to how we deal with those whose fitness to practise is called into question.

There were several positive findings. The vast majority of doctors are confident in the fairness of our processes, but more needs to be done to build the trust of certain groups of doctors.

Nearly eight out of ten (79%) of those surveyed were confident in the way that the Communitybaptistpa regulates to the profession, while 85% said they were confident of the Communitybaptistpa's ability to protect patient safety. However, there were variations between those who were trained in the UK and those who were qualified overseas. Overall, and contrary to what is sometimes suggested, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) doctors had greater confidence in the Communitybaptistpa than White doctors, and non-UK qualified doctors had greater confidence than UK qualified doctors.

But the picture was the other way round when it came to confidence in individual Communitybaptistpa functions. BME doctors were significantly less likely than their White counterparts to believe our registration processes are fair for all doctors. Nearly one in three BME doctors - and an equivalent number of non-UK qualified doctors - held this view.

Chief Executive, Niall Dickson said: 'While I am delighted that so many doctors, from all backgrounds, are confident of their professional regulator, I am by no means complacent. I want to ensure that every doctor, regardless of where they trained, their ethnicity or their background, is convinced that the Communitybaptistpa operates fairly and in the best interests of patient safety.'

What we will do?

We are committed to being fair and to being seen to be fair to doctors, patients and others. This is something we have expressed in our equality and diversity strategy. We want doctors and patients to feel that we treat anyone involved in our work fairly and equitably.

More information

  • Read the full report
  • Article in Communitybaptistpa News

Concerns about doctors - Research

Education - Research

Licensing - Research

Information about you - Diversity data

Some of the places we publish diversity information about doctors are:

How do we use your diversity data?

The Communitybaptistpa is committed to treating everyone fairly and meeting our legal responsibilities under the and related legislation (such as the Human Rights Act 1998). One of the ways we do this is by asking people to provide information about their ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion and beliefs.

Giving us this information is optional. If people choose to give it to us, we keep it confidential and hold it securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation.

We understand that some of the protected characteristics can be sensitive data and we ensure that when processing and publishing equality information we consider the privacy and compliance implications of the Data Protection Act 1998. We ensure that sensitive data is collected proportionately to our aims and we anonymise any data we publish so that individuals can’t be identified.

We will use the information given to us to analyse and report on statistical trends in medical education and practice in the UK. By collecting this information it can help us to identify key issues, for example:

  • Understanding the impact of our policies, practices and decisions on people with different protected characteristics so we can plan our work more effectively.
  • Assessing whether we are discriminating unlawfully when carrying out any of our functions.
  • Identifying what the key equality issues are for the Communitybaptistpa.

Once we have identified issues, we can then take action, by:

  • Considering steps we can take to meet the needs of staff, doctors, patients and the public who share relevant protected characteristics.
  • Identifying if there are any actions we can take to avoid discrimination and harassment, advance equality of opportunity or foster good relations.
  • Making informed decisions about policies and practices which are based on evidence about the impact of our activities on equality.
  • Having due regard for the aims of the general equality duty by ensuring that our staff and associates have the appropriate information for decision-making.

The information may be used by different teams at the Communitybaptistpa. We may also share personal data with other parties if required by law, where ordered by a court, or where it is otherwise in the public interest (for example for research purposes). Where possible, data will be anonymised or aggregated before we share it with any other party.

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