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Dyslexia: Support for Doctors in Training 

What is it/when to consider it?

A range of difficulties can underlie ‘dyslexia’ which is best thought of as a syndrome rather than a specific condition.

A useful working definition is that: “Dyslexia is a combination of abilities and difficulties that can affect reading, writing and spelling as well as organisation, memory and sequencing.”

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The PSU is pleased to make available our guidance document for doctors with dyslexia and those who provide support to them.
The document is based on original research by the PSU conducted in 2015.

Practice Guidance: Strategies for dyslexic doctors (pdf)

Trainee doctors with dyslexia may experience difficulties in completing tasks in time especially those involving reading and writing under time pressure. A weakness in spelling, formulating written expression and processing print may affect performance.

Is dyslexia considered a disability?

Under the terms of the The Equality Act 2010 a person is considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Dyslexic health professionals may fall within this definition and as such are entitled to receive ‘reasonable adjustments’ in the educational institution and in the workplace.

The GMC also offers some guidance on Support for Trainees.

Wessex PSU Provision for Dyslexia Support

You will always meet your coach face-to-face for the first session but subsequent sessions can sometimes be carried out by skype.

Currently we are working with the following three coaches:


Educational psychologist or specialist tutors with a ‘practising certificate’ in assessing for dyslexia, as issued by a professional body such as PATOSS. 

Dyslexia Coaching

Coaches can offer up to three sessions of 1.5 hour coaching for helping a doctor develop some strategies to help ameliorate dyslexia related difficulties, for example: developing revision strategies and e-portfolio writing.

A case manager can refer back to coaches for dyslexia coaching if they consider it appropriate after receiving the initial assessment report by raising a further Form D.

Adult Dyslexia Checklist - British Dyslexia Association website

Click to download the Practice Guidance: Strategies for dyslexic doctors


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