Enrolment on a Health Professional Programme and Fitness to Practise Regulations within the School of Life and Health Sciences
Certain academic courses within the School of Life and Health Sciences involve working closely with both patients and members of the public. In order to ensure that both of these groups are adequately protected, the School is required to undertake Occupational Health screening, and/or Enhanced Level Disclosure and Barring Service checks upon admission to, and at certain other points during the course of, relevant academic programmes. In addition, to meet national requirements in relation to courses of study leading to membership of a regulated health profession, the University has introduced Fitness to Practise Regulations for all students on relevant healthcare courses. These formal checks and regulations, in additional to annual self-declarations, are an important part of being a student on a health professional course. Further details on each of these are included below.
Disclosure and Barring Service checks
As part of the admissions process, students enrolling onto certain programmes within the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check. All positive checks will be reviewed by the School’s Disclosure Barring Service Board and certain disclosures may result in restrictions being placed on the student during their studies or ultimately, in the withdrawal of an offer.
Annual self-declarations will be required during the course of any affected programmes. In addition, the School reserves the right to request further Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service checks during the course of the programme. Any new conduct issues may be referred to the School’s Fitness to Practise Committee for review.
Fitness to Practise Regulations
In line with national requirements for programmes leading to a health professional qualification, a number of degree programmes in the School of Life and Health Science are subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations. These Regulations apply to all enrolled students on these courses and cover any conduct or health issue where a student’s fitness to practise could be called into question. In addition to the issue of guidance and formal Warnings, continuation on these programmes could be restricted by the use of sanctions, or ultimately terminated by the Fitness to Practice Committee if a student’s conduct or health causes sufficient concern.
Registration with the professional body
It should be noted that for all Fitness to Practice or Occupational Health issues, any decisions relate to an individual student’s ability to practice on the course as a student. Any decisions do not, (and indeed cannot) bind the regulatory body for the respective programmes in their determination of an individual’s Fitness to Practice upon any application for professional registration.