In addition to your first degree, all applicants to the MB ChB programme are required to meet additional conditions before being registered on the course.
Communicable disease status and immunisations
Vaccination against Hepatitis B is a fundamental professional requirement for registration on a medical degree. All medical students are currently required to provide evidence of vaccination against Hepatitis B and a pathology report to provide verification of recent Hepatitis B surface antibody level or surface antigen status. This is because immunising medical students against Hepatitis B and testing their response protects both the student and their patients against the risk of contracting Hepatitis B in the health care setting. Accordingly, Warwick Medical School requires all prospective medical students to provide proof that they have satisfactorily completed a full course of immunisation against the Hepatitis B virus.
All students will be subject to occupational health checks by the Medical School on commencement of training.
- The Department of Health has issued guidance requesting that all new Health Care Workers, including students, must be tested for HIV, Hepatitis C & Hepatitis B carriers status before first involvement in exposure prone activities (EPP) e.g. operating theatres, Renal haemodialysis, Accident and Emergency pre-hospital trauma
- Although the GMC says EPP experience is no longer necessary to qualify and so not a curriculum requirement, students are still likely to meet the opportunity to get involved
- To be cleared for EPP involvement students will have to be tested to establish that they are not infected with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV. This is additional to tests to establish tuberculosis status required to clear the student for general patient contact. All testing MUST be managed by the Medical School Occupational Health Specialist who will supervise pre and post-test counselling and discussions, the performance of the tests and the recording of outcomes, to ensure conformance with standards for clearance of all health care workers
- You will also be required to have had all the national vaccination programme immunisations, for example tetanus, polio, MMR
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
As part of ensuring the fitness to practise of our students, all successful applicants to the course will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), payable by the applicant. All universities who offer courses involving contact with children or vulnerable adults are required to carry out DBS checks of potential students. Any information which comes as part of the disclosure will be treated in confidence and handled in a fair and transparent way. The disclosure of a previous conviction would not necessarily preclude an applicant from enrolling on the course. Further information is available on the DBS website
Fitness to Practice (FtP)
The Medical School has a duty to ensure that the students it accepts onto the MB ChB are fit to practise medicine and that the General Medical Council (GMC) will allow them to provisionally register once they have graduated. “Fitness” implies that the individual is physically and psychologically capable of the practice of medicine, that there is no significant current or spent criminal record and that they behave professionally at all times.
The decision on whether or not to offer a place to study medicine at Warwick Medical School is made independently of any decision on whether or not an applicant is fit to practise medicine. All students accepting an offer will be required to compete a fitness to practice declaration. A student may be subject to a formal investigation by the Fitness to Practice Committee should concerns be raised concerning their health, professionalism or their conduct or behaviour. This may require referral to the Occupational Health Department for a health assessment to determine whether any reasonable adjustments could be implemented to facilitate completion of the programme.
Warwick Medical School is permitted by the Department of Health to admit a certain number of international candidates each year. They are required to meet the same entry criteria and go through the same process as home/EU candidates, and must satisfy the University that their standard of English is acceptable for study.
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