If you do not pass these checks satisfactorily you will not be able to start a course with us. If your checks are not completed before the first day of the course you may be able to start. If you subsequently fail to pass either of these checks satisfactorily your place will be withdrawn.
Occupational Health Clearance
Applicants are required to undergo a health assessment prior to the start of
the course. This is to ensure that you are physically and mentally suited to a
career in health. If you have any concerns about your medical suitability, you
are advised to discuss this with your GP. The questionnaire will be sent out
with offer letters; this forms the basis of the health screening so it is vital
that all questions are answered as fully and honestly as possible. The
questionnaire covers the issue of vaccinations and it is important that
students are aware that they will need to have a full range of immunisations
before they start a placement.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure
Our courses require students to work in positions requiring public trust. In order to ensure public protection and safety, all applicants will be asked to declare any convictions or cautions against them, and to declare any pending prosecutions. This can be done on the UCAS application form.
Enhanced disclosures will be made on all students when they hold conditional firm or unconditional firm status. You will be sent details of how to complete the check online as part of your offer, with details of how to do so at this point. This process must be completed, even if a check has recently been completed for another organisation. All information is treated in the utmost confidence.
A disclosure which contains details of an offence does not automatically preclude study on one of our courses. We operate a Professional Issues Committee which will consider each case individually and confidentially. In all instances the committee is assessing whether the disclosure would prevent an applicant from going on placement or obtaining employment on graduation.
Information for students who have previously resided outside the UK/EU as an adult (i.e. from age 18 or over)Alongside the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks which are undertaken for all applicants, any periods of previous residence abroad as an adult need to be covered by a 'certificate of good character' (or similar) from the country concerned.
If you have previously resided outside the UK/EU (from age 18 or over) it is your responsibility to obtain the relevant certificate. The University cannot apply for these certificates on your behalf or pay for the costs involved. This process can take some time and you are strongly advised to apply at the earliest opportunity. Students who have previously resided abroad will be unable to start student placements without this certificate.
For information about applying for such certificates please consult the DBS website: overseas police check section.