The University’s Fitness to Practise Procedure applies to students who are on courses such as nursing, social work, or one of the allied health professions where successful completion of the course can lead to registration with a professional and/or regulatory body. These courses usually require that students undertake practical professional placements. Students are notified on registration if their course of study is subject to the terms of this procedure.
Any concerns raised about a student under the Fitness to Practise Procedures are initially considered and investigated within the relevant School or Department by their Professional Suitability Group (PSG). If, following investigations, the PSG decide there is a case to be answered, they will make a referral to a Fitness to Practise Committee via the Student Progress Team.
The Student Progress Team maintains oversight of the procedure and provides support and guidance to Schools/Departments, students and the Students’ Union about its operation. This includes:
- Supporting requests to exclude or suspend a student made under the Fitness to Practise Procedure
- Administering cases referred to a Fitness to Practise Committee
- Managing and administering appeals made under the Procedure
The Fitness to Practise Procedure outlines what might constitute a concern, the full process and timescales for consideration of a case, the process for excluding or suspending a student under the Procedure, and guidelines for the operation of a Professional Suitability Group.