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Referring a student to fitness to practise procedures

  1. 86. If a student’s behaviour suggests they may be a risk to patients or the public, or may bring the profession into disrepute, it is appropriate to consider their fitness to practise through a formal procedure.
  2. 87. The decision to refer to a fitness to practise investigation may be based on evidence considered by a low-level concerns committee or by an individual, depending on the medical school’s process. It could be because of a single significant event or a pattern of behaviour, and may also be the result of educational remediation that has failed to resolve the issue.
  3. 88. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be referred to fitness to practise procedures because of a health condition that is preventing them from meeting the required competencies, even after reasonable adjustments have been made.