Medical Questionnaire & Declaration of Health
The medical questionnaire addresses your general health and any medical condition that might prevent you from practising your chosen profession. If you have a disability that you would like assistance with, you can declare it directly to our Disability & Dyslexia service, who will help make provision for any adjustments that you might require.
The Medical Questionnaire is completed online and instructions will be sent to you by email once you hold an Unconditional Firm offer of a place.
You must complete the questionnaire by the deadline in order to have sufficient time for your "fitness to practice" assessment to be completed before registration.
Deadline for submission:
Friday 13st August 2018 for Teacher Training applicants
Friday 7th September 2018 for those applying for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physician Associate or Social Work. You will need to complete the questionnaire before you can register on the course. If you do not complete the questionnaire by the required date, your registration may be delayed.
Declaration of Health
As part of the admissions process onto programmes such as Education, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work and the Physician Associate course, it is important that the University receives comprehensive information concerning a student’s health and fitness, to ensure as far as possible that the student is in the best position to commence upon and benefit from such a course of study. Studying for and working within these professions can be demanding - intellectually, emotionally and physically – and requires the student to meet prescribed standards of performance that support eligibility to eventually register and practice as an education, health or social care professional.
Outlined below are the principle reasons why we require you to make a full declaration of your health status and needs. This will enable the University to meet its obligations to you as a student, to the health and social care professions it is educating you for, and to other students and the general public. Please read this information carefully and complete the attached health declaration as fully as possible.
- Attendance requirements: For pre-registration programmes in Education, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physician Associate and Social Work, students are expected to attend 100% of the practical / tutorial / seminar sessions in academic modules and 100% of placement modules throughout their course of study; this is considered essential to developing safe practice. However, it is recognised some students, due to exceptional circumstances may not always meet this target. In such circumstances decisions will be made on an individual case by case basis. This does not preclude students with disabilities or other identified needs from studying for these awards. Instead it is important to plan reasonable and timely adjustments to enable such students to meet these demands.
- Participation in activities: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physician Associate and Social Work students are required to participate in roles such as patients or clients for some practical and experiential group work sessions. All students are fully informed of procedures before any sessions and during Induction week they are required to sign a summary consent form, but again, if there is any potential that a health issue might impact upon such participation it is important that the University is aware as early as possible.
- Communicable diseases: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physician Associate and Social Work students will be required to spend a minimum of 1000 hours involved in placements, in either hospitals or within the wider community. As such, they may come into contact with clients who have infectious conditions or with clients who are vulnerable to infections that students may be carrying. Although students are required to provide evidence of immunisation status as part of the admissions process, broader health information is important in order that we might identify any further need to protect students and/or vulnerable groups if necessary.
- Professional suitability: As soon as a student enrols onto a health or social care professions programme (e.g. Teacher Education, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Physician Associate or Social Work), he/she becomes subject to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the relevant profession, for the duration of the programme and the rest of his/her professional career. These codes require the highest standards of personal conduct, honesty and integrity, in academic, professional and personal life, and also the ability of a student or practitioner to make insightful and appropriate judgements about their abilities to undertake the responsibilities required of them. There may be circumstances where, through no fault of the student’s, these demands are difficult to meet due in part to a health condition, and therefore advance notification of health needs can assist the University in identifying and supporting the student in such circumstances.