Widening access/participation in medicine.
In the UK, medicine and being a doctor has traditionally been seen as a career for the elite or privileged in society.
Despite efforts to increase gender parity and ethnic diversity among UK doctors, the lack of people from lower socio-economic backgrounds entering the profession is still a reality. Widening participation (WP) is a UK government initiative offering opportunities to groups of people who are under-represented in higher education.
Some under-represented groups include people:
- who are the first generation to consider higher education.
- from low socio-economic groups.
- attending schools with low progression into higher education.