Ensure that our regulatory activity is fair, transparent, and accessible to all

A number of responsibilities make up our regulatory activity, including registration, education and fitness to practise. As a provider of a public service, we are required to adhere to the Equality Act 2010 and the associated Public Sector Equality Duty. This means that we must continuously demonstrate our consideration to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

One of the ways we consider these aims is by using the aggregated data we hold on our Stakeholders’ protected characteristics:

How will we achieve this objective?

We will achieve this by:

  • Continuing our work to understand the diversity of our registrants.
  • Understanding how Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) is discussed in dental education.
  • Understanding where our processes may impose inappropriate barriers and taking action to remove them.
  • Ensuring our corporate complaints process enables us to capture EDI themes systematically.
  • Analysing EDI themes arising from corporate complaints and take action to address these.
  • Ensuring our fitness to practise functions are confident in supporting vulnerable stakeholders, such as those with hidden disabilities.

Examples of how we will measure progress:

  • Maintenance of Professional Standards Authority (PSA) EDI Standard (Standard 3).
  • Ongoing registrant diversity reporting.
  • Feedback on the experiences of different groups of dental professionals from our Registrants survey.
  • Data is used to inform actions to address over-representation in FTP cases.
  • Corporate complaints highlight action areas.
  • Equality Impact Assessments draw on data and expertise.
  • Equality Impact Assessments of registrant interest are published on our website.
  • Policies that commit to dignity and respect are developed.

 How will we monitor success?

  • The amount and quality of EDI monitoring data we hold about registrants improves year on year.
  • Feedback from the PSA acknowledges changes that we’ve made and improvement year on year.
  • Corporate complaints around EDI reduce and/or there are fewer recurring themes as we learn and make changes.
  • We will be able to see how discussions around EDI in dental education have evolved as a result of our work.
  • We have open dialogue with registrants around their experiences of EDI within the professions.
  • We openly discuss over-representation in FTP cases and what this means.
  • We show how EDI is considered in decision making e.g. through published Equality Impact Assessments.