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Case studies

The following case studies have been designed to help you to embed your understanding of equality, diversity and discrimination. You may wish to jot down your response to these in ‘my area’. Suggestions of possible approaches are provided.

Case study one

A second-year student has recently married and converted to Judaism. Her husband follows the Jewish faith and converting was something she felt was really important to her new relationship. The student has mentioned that Fridays are now very difficult for her as she should really leave lectures early in order to begin to observe the Sabbath. The student has previously demonstrated no performance concerns. She has written a formal letter to you requesting permission to leave lectures early on Friday afternoons. She has stated that she will ensure she will take responsibility to catch up with any missed work.

  • How should you respond?
  • What issues do you consider in your response?

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Case study two

You have observed that a Muslim trainee never has any eye contact with female colleagues or patients when he is talking to them. You are concerned that this will impact on his relationships. He does have direct eye contact with male colleagues.

  • How should you deal with this issue?
  • What issues should you consider in your response?

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Case study three

A trainee has approached you with a request not to have to deal with a particular patient because they feel she is treating them in a racist manner.

  • Can they refuse to deal with a patient on these grounds?

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Case study four

In a supervised session a student expresses a concern to you. They have recently disclosed their sexuality to a fellow student who they have always got on well with. Their colleague was surprised and stated that they have a strong moral objection to lesbians and gay men. They recognised the need to treat others with respect regardless of their sexuality, so while they felt it was not acceptable to be a lesbian they nevertheless wanted to maintain a positive relationship with their colleague. They requested that the lesbian student should help in this by not referring greatly to their sexuality again.

  • Is this response acceptable?

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Case study five

A trainee was diagnosed with depression about a year ago. She did not tell you until three months ago, when she confided in you about what she was experiencing and the treatment she was getting from her doctor and therapist. A month ago the learner was signed off on sick leave. She returned to work last week but is overwhelmed. She is determined, though, to carry on with her training.

  • What support can you provide to her?

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