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BMC Research Notes

, 2:97

First Online: 06 June 2009Received: 05 March 2009Accepted: 06 June 2009DOI: 10.1186-1756-0500-2-97

Cite this article as: Aldridge, J., Bray, S.A. & David, T.J. BMC Res Notes 2009 2: 97. doi:10.1186-1756-0500-2-97

Abstract

BackgroundThe aim was to explore the structures for managing student fitness to practise hearings in medical schools in the UK. We surveyed by email the named fitness to practise leads of all full members of the UK Medical Schools Council with a medical undergraduate programme. We asked whether student fitness to practise cases were considered by a committee-panel dedicated to medicine, or by one which also considered other undergraduate health and social care students.

FindingsAll 31 medical schools responded. 19 medical schools had a fitness to practise committee dealing with medical students only. Three had a committee that dealt with students of medicine and dentistry. One had a committee that dealt with students of medicine and veterinary medicine. Eight had a committee that dealt with students of medicine and two or more other programmes, such as dentistry, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, dietetics, social work, pharmacy, psychology, audiology, speech therapy, operating department practice, veterinary medicine and education.

ConclusionAll 31 UK medical schools with undergraduate programmes have a fitness to practise committee to deal with students whose behaviour has given rise to concern about their fitness to practise. The variation in governance structures for student fitness to practise committees-panels can in part be explained by variations in University structures and the extent to which Universities co-manage undergraduate medicine with other courses.

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Author: Jocelyne Aldridge - Sally A Bray - Timothy J David

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