The Fitness to Practise procedure applies to students studying on a professional course and is monitored throughout a students’ period of study. The University must ‘sign off’ students at the end of their programme deeming them Fit to Practice in the profession that they are joining, therefore they must feel confident that the individual is able to uphold the standards of their chosen profession. FtP procedures can be initiated if a students’ conduct or health is called into question. Suggestions of poor conduct may relate to the standards set by the relevant professional body e.g. MNC or GPhC as well as to the Student Code of Conduct.
If the university has any concerns, they will investigate these via appropriate staff and the relevant Progress Committee, Health & Conduct Committee or other equivalent body at which a students’ health and/or conduct is considered. If the conduct or health concern is of a very serious nature, the procedure may be progressed to a Committee on Fitness to Practise. Students’ may be suspended whilst an investigation into allegations take place.
If you have are facing FtP proceedings, or wish to raise concerns over someone else's fitness to practice, our Advisors can help you through the process. We can assist in putting statements together, gathering evidence and can accompany you to any meetings that take place. If you are facing allegations that might lead to FtP proceedings we strongly recommend that you take an Advisor with you to meetings.