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Misdemeanours on the Part of, and Ill-Health of, Pharmacy Students

The Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order, 1976 provides that where a person applying to have his name registered as a pharmaceutical chemist has been convicted of any criminal offence or been guilty of such misconduct as in the opinion of the Statutory Committee renders the convicted or guilty person unfit to have his name on the register, the Committee may, after enquiry into the matter, direct that the applicant’s name shall not be registered or shall not be registered until the Committee otherwise directs.

Heads of Schools would be expected to inform the Society of any conviction of a pharmacy student or any serious misconduct on the part of a student which comes to their notice.

In practice, when such a person applied for registration as a pharmaceutical chemist the facts would be made known to the Chairman of the Statutory Committee and he would then decide what action was appropriate. It is important that pharmacy students should be aware that misdemeanours during the time that they are students will be taken into account at the time that they apply for registration as a pharmacist.

On a quite separate matter, it is hoped that Heads of Schools would inform the Society of any serious medical disability that might affect the ability of an individual to operate as a registered Pharmacist, which comes to their notice. At the time of application for registration, a graduate is required to submit to the Registrar evidence that he is in good health physically and mentally. This is done by way of a statement signed by the applicant’s usual medical practitioner and in cases such as those referred to above it is important that specific points are addressed in the statement.

Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practise
The MPharm course is preparing you to enter a registered healthcare profession. As a pharmacy student you must demonstrate that you are responsible and you must conduct yourself professionally at all times. In 2009, a Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students was introduced to all pharmacy students in the UK. The Code of Conduct was developed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and was adopted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. This Code of Conduct applies both on and off campus.

The Code of Conduct is based on the seven principles laid out in the Medicines, Ethics and Practice Guide for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. However, the application of these principles has been tailored for your practice as a pharmacy student. The seven principles are:

1. Make the care of patients your first concern
2. Exercise your professional judgement in the interests of patients and the public
3. Show respect for others
4. Encourage patients to participate in decisions about their care
5. Develop your professional knowledge and competence
6. Be honest and trustworthy
7. Take responsibility for your working practices

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here to download a full copy of the Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students.

It is important that you read and understand the principles and guidance within the Code of Conduct. The principles are used to help you as you develop your understanding of what it is to be a pharmacist and are designed to help protect patients and the public as you work and learn in the clinical environment.

The Code of Conduct was published along with Fitness to Practise Procedures. It is a requirement that the School of Pharmacy has fitness to practise procedures in place and if you do not abide by the Code of Conduct you may be subject to these procedures.

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here to download a full copy of the Guidance on Student Fitness to Practise Procedures in Schools of Pharmacy.

If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct or Fitness to Practise Procedures please contact your course tutor. Further information on the Code of Conduct can also be found on the
British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association website.

University Fitness to Practice Procedure
In relation to the previous section students must also be aware of the University Position regarding Fitness to Practice. You are advised that you must read the relevant section of the University Calendar General Regulations.