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Fitness to Practice

Fitness to Practise Regulations apply to students on professional courses in the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry & Health, Science and Social Sciences. If you’re unsure if this means you, there’s a list of relevant courses is given in the regulations.

The regulations are there to ensure that you are a suitable, safe and responsible candidate to work in your chosen profession. If the University has doubts about your fitness to practise, it will open an investigation and decide whether you can continue with your course.

Conduct, attitude, performance or health-related issues can trigger a fitness to practise investigation. Behaviour in class and during placements is relevant, but your behaviour outside of the course will also be taken into account.

If you are accused of misconduct, as defined in the University Disciplinary Regulations, the University may use Fitness to Practise regulations instead of, or in addition to the Disciplinary Regulations.

Initial investigation

An initial investigation is conducted by your Head of Department. You should receive a letter explaining why your fitness to practise is being investigated. You are entitled to respond either in person or writing.

Your Head of Department will then decide what action, if any, needs to be taken. This can include referring your case to the Fitness to Practise Committee.

Suspension

You may be suspended from all or part of your course during a FTP investigation. Your Head of Department must inform you in writing of a suspension. The suspension should be reviewed every 4 weeks to ensure to it still necessary. Information you want to be considered in your defense can be submitted to these reviews.

Suspension can be very frustrating. While it is underway, you could ask for work or reading to do at home to try and minimise disruption to your training.

If your fitness to practise is being investigated, we strongly recommend that you seek advice about your options from Student Advice Centre as soon as possible. Our Academic Advisers can help you prepare a written response or represent you at a meeting with your Head of Department.