Is your future career in danger? Has your university commenced fitness to practise proceedings against you?
To guarantee that its members are “fit to practise,” professional organisations like the General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will set out expected conduct and standards. In turn, students undertaking professional courses are subject to similar rules and regulations.
Procedures are in place to make sure students are qualified to practise in their intended careers. Issues that may trigger a fitness to practise investigation include the following:
- Academic dishonesty
- Non-academic misconduct
- Claims of unsafe practise on placements
- Violations of health and safety
- Not disclosing convictions
- Breach of patient privacy
- Unprofessional conduct on placement
Proceedings for fitness to practise can be very distressing. Before responding, you should carefully evaluate the university’s policies, relevant professional guidelines, and the evidence the university has gathered.
If you have been called to attend a fitness to practise hearing, it’s crucial to make sure that you have laid out your case in writing, supplied supporting documentation, and are well-prepared to respond to any questions.