Fitness to Practise

As a student studying for professional awards in the School of Health and Human Sciences you must be, and remain, fit for practise. The information below details how we assure the health professions of your fitness to practise.

The UK professional councils for health professions regulates entry into the profession in respect of the students' fitness to practise. The regulatory bodies for the professions education offered in the School are:

Monitoring your fitness to practise

Your fitness to practise is monitored throughout the educational programme as follows:

On entering the School you are assessed in respect of your fitness to practise to commence the programme of study. This includes:

  • DBS check
  • occupational health check
  • face-to-face interview
  • referees

During the period of study you:

  • have an annual DBS check
  • are required to provide an annual statement of your continued fitness to practise (nursing only)
  • are progressed to the next period of study by the School in accordance with the Fitness to Practise Procedure (.pdf)(nursing only)

At the conclusion of the programme:

  • The NMC correspondent provides the NMC a statement confirming your fitness to enter the profession. (nursing only)

Maintaining your fitness to practise

You are personally responsible for bringing to the attention of your programme lead and the University (if appropriate) any matters that may compromise your fitness to practise as a health or social care professional.

When a matter is reported the School will take action using the processes outlined within the University's Fitness to Practise Procedure (.pdf). This procedure incorporates the Character and Health Decision Making Guidance (NMC 2015).

In the event of a fitness to practise issue all students are advised to seek guidance from the Student Services Hub.