Professional behaviour and fitness to practise

Table 1 - Reasons for impaired fitness to practise in medical students

The reasons for impairment are set out at Section 35C (2) of the Medical Act 1983 (as amended). There are six reasons why the fitness to practise of a fully or provisionally registered doctor may be impaired. Two of these – deficient professional performance and not having the necessary knowledge of English – are not included in the table because they are unlikely to be addressed by the medical school or university student fitness to practise process (see paragraphs 13 and 15).

Note: this list of impairments is not exhaustive. Medical schools can still take action in the light of any misconduct, even if there is no criminal caution or conviction relating to any of these matters.

 

Reason for impairment: Misconduct

This includes issues that raise a question about a student’s honesty, trustworthiness or character.

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Reason for impairment: Convictions and cautions

Medical students whose school is based in England or Wales

A conviction or caution in the British Isles for a criminal offence (or a conviction elsewhere for an offence that would be a criminal offence if committed in England or Wales)

Medical students whose school is based in Northern Ireland

A conviction or caution in the British Isles for a criminal offence (or a conviction elsewhere for an offence that would be a criminal offence if committed in Northern Ireland)

Medical students whose school is based in Scotland

A conviction (but not a caution) in the British Isles for a criminal offence (or a conviction elsewhere for an offence that would be a criminal offence if committed in Scotland)

 

Reason for impairment: Adverse physical or mental health

 

Reason for impairment: A determination that fitness to practise is impaired

A determination by a body in the United Kingdom responsible under any enactment for the regulation of a health or social care profession to the effect that the person’s fitness to practise as a member of that profession is impaired, or a determination by a regulatory body elsewhere to the same effect.