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Students’ health and character issues

As education providers, you need to know how to advise students and make decisions about how issues of student misconduct or changes in their health will be dealt with while they are studying

The relationship between a registrant and their service user is based on trust, confidence and professionalism, which is why it is important we check the health and character of everyone who applies to join our Register. This makes sure that applicants will be able to practise safely and effectively within their profession.

We can take action to protect the public if a registrant’s health or character raises concerns about their ability to practise safely and effectively.

We expect education providers to have their own policies in place for dealing with health and character issues of their students and to follow the law in their own country. These pages provide guidance on doing this, setting out:

  • The specific areas within the Standards of education and training (SETs) that education providers must meet;
  • The process education providers should follow when dealing with a student with a health concern; and
  • The process education providers should follow when dealing with a student with a previous conviction or other character issue which may prevent them from joining the register.

We would also recommend that education providers familiarise themselves with all other relevant guidance, including our guidance on Health, Disability and Becoming a Health and Care Professional, Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students, and our full Guidance on Health and Character aimed at applicants and registrants.

Page updated on: 30/07/2021
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