The Fitness to Practise procedure applies to students on degree programmes leading to a professional qualification within the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The procedure will be initiated if there are concerns about your suitability for professional practise due to your health and/or conduct.
There are three stages to the Fitness to Practise procedure:
Level 1 – Consideration of the reported issue by the Director of Studies / Degree Programme Director who may issue a Level 1 warning.
Level 2 – Investigation by a nominee of the Pro-Vice Chancellor in consultation with the Director of Studies / Degree Programme Director. A referral for independent advice from an appropriate healthcare practitioner may also be required. The investigator will usually invite you to a meeting to question you about the issue. Outcomes can include a Level 2 warning, undertakings, and/or conditions to continue on the course. A Level 2 warning would be declared to a Regulatory Body on registration.
Level 3 – Review by a Fitness to Practise panel. This will take the form of a hearing where the panel can decide that you are fit to practise, currently impaired from being fit to practise, or unfit to practise. Depending on the decision, outcomes vary from a Level 3 warning (which would be declared to a Regulatory Body on registration), reinstatement with adjustments to study, temporary suspension of studies, to termination of studies.
For further information, you can find the University's guidance and information on the Student Progress Service website.
If you would like advice about the Fitness to Practise procedure or support ahead of a meeting/hearing, please contact us to make an appointment.