I Have Given an Undertaking to My Head of School / Fitness to Practise Panel but Have Breached the Undertaking – What Will Happen?
If you breach the conditions of an undertaking set by your Head of School, the matter will normally be referred back to your Head of School who will consider what further steps should be taken. It will normally result in an immediate referral to a Fitness to Practise Panel in respect of the original concerns and your breach of the undertaking.
If you breach an undertaking given to a Fitness to Practise Panel, the matter will normally be referred back to the Fitness to Practise Panel in respect of the original concerns and the breach of the undertaking. Your Head of School/area of study will also be notified.
I Have Not Complied with the Conditions Set by My Head of School or A Fitness to Practise Panel – What Will Happen?
If you do not comply with conditions set by a Fitness to Practise Panel, the matter will normally be referred back to the Fitness to Practise Panel to decide what further action to take. Where possible, the Fitness to Practise Panel will comprise the same members as the original Panel. Your Head of School/area of study will also be notified.
Am I Suspended or Interrupted While Waiting for the Committee Meeting?
If your studies have been interrupted, or if you have been suspended, then you should already have been told this by your School. If there are any restrictions on what you can do, for example not being allowed to go on placements or use the University library, then you should have already been informed.
Can I Continue On the Programme After the Fitness to Practise Panel Meeting?
That will be a decision for the Fitness to Practise Panel. The Panel is most reluctant to discontinue studies, and will always consider ways that this can be avoided if possible.
What Is the Timescale – When Will the Meeting Be Held?
Delays will be avoided as much as possible. However, the School cannot begin to timetable the meeting until it has received all the paperwork, which may take a while to prepare, and delays can occur if you need to be seen and assessed by the Occupational Health Service and/or an independent specialist before the Fitness to Practise Panel meeting.
Also, some Panel members may be working part or full-time and may need time to cancel clinical commitments. In practice it is often difficult to timetable a Panel for less than 3 months after the referral and receipt of papers. There may be reasons why the meeting needs to be held more speedily than this, in which case every effort will be made to expedite the meeting. Please note that the timetabling of a Fitness to Practise Panel meeting is likely to be put on hold until the completion of:
- Any outstanding academic appeals/discipline cases relating to you.
- The investigation of any complaints made by, or against, you.
Will Tutors, Supervisors, Mentors or Teachers Be Informed of My FTP Referral?
Whilst your programme director is likely to be informed, other staff involved in supervising or teaching you will probably not be informed.
Will I Have to Tell Anybody I Have Been Referred to the FTP Committee?
It may be necessary for the Fitness to Practise Panel decision letter to be copied to others (for example, the Occupational Health Service). You may also be required to advise your regulatory body that you were the subject of Fitness to Practise proceedings, even if the case against you was dismissed. It is incumbent on you to check the requirements of your regulatory body.
Will the University have to tell the relevant regulator(s) about the outcome of a FTP Procedure?
In addition to the requirement for you to declare the outcome of a Fitness to Practise procedure to the relevant regulatory body/bodies, the outcome will, as appropriate, be reported to the relevant regulatory body/bodies by the University.