Fitness to Practise Committee - Students undertaking programmes leading to professional registration

Preamble

The Chair of Fitness to Practise Committee is responsible for overseeing the monitoring and management of students in relation to health, professional conduct, criminal conduct and failure to follow programme and/or professional requirements. This role is supported by the Deputy Chair and Secretary, along with a small team of academic staff who are all members of the Department of Health Sciences Board of Studies. Most members of academic staff involved in Fitness to Practise hold a current registration with a Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body. Senior members of staff from our circuit of practice partners are also involved in Fitness to Practise hearings as and when necessary. The Fitness to Practise Committee reports directly to the Board of Studies.

To contact the Fitness to Practise committee please email dohs-ftp@york.ac.uk.

Overview

The purpose of the Fitness to Practise Committee is to monitor and manage students in relation to their:

  • Health and disability
  • Character: i.e. Professional behaviour and conduct.

Health and disability

The Fitness to Practise Committee monitors and supports students who have declared existing health or disability issues upon the commencement of the programme and responds if and when a student’s health or disability alters during the programme. Responsibilities include:

  • facilitating Occupational Health referrals
  • monitoring the annual declaration of changes to health and character
  • monitoring vaccination compliance
  • suspending students from practice on health grounds
  • end of programme: declarations of health.

Character: i.e. Professional behaviour and conduct

Issues monitored and responded to include:

  • criminal convictions and cautions
  • dishonesty or fraud (e.g. expenses)
  • falsifying documentation (during the enrolment process and throughout the programme)
  • drug or alcohol misuse
  • unprofessional or inappropriate behaviour or attitude
  • failure to meet programme requirements
  • proven academic misconduct (cheating or plagiarism)
  • unsafe practice resulting in suspension or exclusion
  • inappropriate social media usage
  • end of programme: declarations of good character.

Admissions Process - Academic Progression and Transfer

Any applications with a positive Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as CRB) check will normally be referred by the Student and Academic Support Service (Admissions Team) to Fitness to Practise Committee where a final decision will be jointly made with programme specific practice partners on their suitability. The Student and Academic Support Service (Admissions Team) will maintain an anonymised database of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) decisions made to provide a history of decision-making in the interests of equity and transparency for applicants and students who receive a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) caution or conviction during the programme.  

Any applications with health or disability issues identified during the selection process will normally be referred to Fitness to Practise Committee where a final decision will be made on the candidate’s suitability. 

Admissions Process – Academic Progression and Transfer
2.1 Students who complete the Nursing Associate programme may transfer onto Stage Two of BSc (Hons) Nursing programme. Any student wishing to transfer onto the BSc (Hons) Nursing Programme in Stage Two will be required as part of the internal transfer process to complete the annual electronic enrolment and registration process. Students will also have to self-declare any changes in their good health & good character status as per Nursing & Midwifery Council regulations. 



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