Employers are required to not only eliminate discrimination and harassment, but also to promote equity as well as engage in activities that promote the inclusion of disabled people (DOH, 2002; Disability Rights Commission, 2004). The NMC (2006) also requires those who provide programmes ‘to apply local policies in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) for the selection and recruitment of students and employees with disabilities’. Evidence of how the students will be supported in both academic and practice is also required by the NMC (2006).
Therefore good knowledge of the needs and experiences of dyslexic students and how best they could be helped when in clinical practice is needed. However, there is little evidence from the nursing and midwifery fields to suggest that nursing and midwifery students with dyslexia have established support networks in clinical practice.
The aims of the study was therefore to explore the experiences and needs of nursing and midwifery dyslexic students in clinical practice, and ways in which staff could support those students to help draw some guidelines on how best the needs of those students could be met whilst in clinical practice.