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Additional information

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.

General Medical Council (GMC) Information for Applicants

Postgraduate Foundation Training and Beyond

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.

All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

In addition the GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that all UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted full registration with a licence to practise. Although no firm decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them registration with a licence to practise.

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 WMS on commencement of training.

  1. The Department of Health has issued guidance requesting that all new Health Care Workers, including students, must be tested for HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B carriers status before first involvement in exposure prone activities (EPP) e.g. operating theatres, Renal haemodialysis, Accident and Emergency pre-hospital trauma
  2. 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
  3. 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 WMS 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
  4. 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. If you have a certificate that was issued by an organisation that is not the University of Warwick, then we will not be able to accept this disclosure certificate. DBS re-checks are carried out every two years, the cost is payable by the student, we recommend that students register with the DBS update service upon receipt of your DBS certificate.

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)

WMS 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.

HEOPS guidance on medical students – standards of medical fitness to train (PDF Document).