Professional behaviour and fitness to practise – guidance for course providers

Fitness to practise is a part of how courses help their students become excellent professionals. By the time regulation starts, course providers must have a process to identify and deal with students whose fitness to practise may be impaired. We’re publishing this guidance now to help educators, students and others to prepare.

These documents give guidance to educators of physician associate students and the educators and employers of anaesthesia associate students on managing processes for professionalism concerns and fitness to practise. They aim to give a consistent framework that can be adapted to local processes. Although this guidance is mainly aimed at course providers, PA or AA students may also find it useful, to understand how their institution will deal with these issues. Course providers should make it clear to their students what standards are expected of them and the process for concerns to be considered.

Please note: This guidance only applies to PA or AA students. When regulation starts and a PA or AA is registered with us, we will monitor their fitness to practise.