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Working with the dental sector to achieve our EDI objectives

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within Dentistry – a profession-wide commitment 

As a member of the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group (DDAG) network, we support the Group’s core ambition to co-create a systematic approach for practical action to ensure that the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are central to dental care and are part of core standards for all dental professionals. 
 
The DDAG has published a co-created report, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within Dentistry, which includes the following key principles for change that contributing partners have pledged to. 

  • Working together to address inequalities and increase diversity in dentistry 
  • Ongoing improvement through constant enquiry, investigation and learning 
  • Creating a positive open learning culture across the profession and organisations which develops understanding and supports people to embrace diversity and inclusion
  • Exploring and developing opportunities for representation and inclusion 
  • Actively committing to addressing racism and discrimination
  • Organisational commitment to change at all levels
  • Embracing workforce diversity. 

Our EDI Strategy 2021–2023 reflects these principles and, as a member of the network, we will continue to be a champion of diversity, equality and inclusion inside our organisation, with the sector we regulate and with the public. 

Our partners 

It is very important to us that the conversations around EDI are kept alive. To this end, alongside EDI considerations being drawn into our governance processes, we also work with the following partners for further exploration and access to best practice, training, networking, guidance and research. 

  • The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) - the UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. 
  • Disability Confident – Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people. 
  • Diversity Matters - a diversity and inclusion consultancy that works with organisations to embed diversity and inclusion within their practices. 
  • Inter-Regulatory EDI Forum – A network of EDI professionals from across the Health Regulators. 
  • REIN (Racial Equality Inclusion Network) – A cross-regulatory forum focusing on issues of race and ethnicity.