This policy applies to you if you are on a professional programme regulated by professional statutory and regulatory bodies, such as education, social work, counselling, psychology and healthcare.
It is the University’s responsibility to have a Fitness for Practice Policy and Procedure in place to confirm that you are ‘fit for practice’ at the end of your programme. This is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public.
Concerns about you being ‘Fit to Practice’ can be raised for a number of reasons, such as lack of honesty or integrity, lack of professionalism, not disclosing convictions or lack of competence. This covers not only your conduct within the University and on any placements, but also outside.
You will receive a letter informing you that a concern regarding your Fitness for Practice has been raised, which will outlining the next steps, guidance and support that will be available.
Following a full investigation into the concern, the case will either be dropped or referred to the FfP Panel.
The panel can make the following decisions or recommendations:
- That you may continue without any further action.
- That you are allowed to continue with specified conditions and review dates.
- Suspending you pending specified conditions being met within a defined timeline.
- Withdrawing you and inviting you to discuss their options for transferring to another professional programme.
If the appeal is allowed, an appeals panel will be convened to review the original decision in the light of any new information. You will be invited to attend and can be accompanied by friend, supporter or representative (but attendance is not mandatory).
Our Advice service is confidential and independent from the University and we can:
You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 8411 6450.