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Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise – Student Guidance



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Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise – Student Guidance

Students in the School of Health and Life Sciences (SHLS) at Glasgow Caledonian University are viewed as student professionals subject to School, professional and statutory body requirements in addition to those of Glasgow Caledonian University. The School of Health and Life Sciences' Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise (referred to below as the Code) identifies the behaviour required of students, complies with professional and statutory bodies and supplements the University agreement, code, rules and regulations.


Students are expected to have read, understood and agreed to abide by their responsibilities under the University’s Partnership Agreement and its rules and regulations including the Code of Student Discipline. Additional requirements are placed on pre-registration students because successful completion of the academic qualification entitles them to be considered for admission to a professional body and makes them eligible to seek registration with the related statutory body. Therefore, all students are required during their studies to adhere to the standards of conduct, performance and ethics of that professional body and the related statutory body: the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health Professions Council (HPC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) or the General Optical Council (GOC). It should be noted that School of Health and Life Sciences students may be treated differently to students of Glasgow Caledonian University who are not subject to the School of Health and Life Sciences and other professional and statutory codes.
Students who breach any of the above Codes will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from admonishment, to withdrawal from their programme of study up to and including expulsion from the University. An order to make good any damage caused to the property of the University or any other institution attended through membership of the University may be made according to the University’s Code of Student Discipline.

PERSONAL BEHAVIOUR


Students are expected to behave at all times in a manner appropriate to their position as students of the University studying on professional programmes. Behaviour including, for example, harassment, discrimination or incitement, assault, the use, abuse or touting of controlled substances, or offences in connection with examinations or assessments which are intended to allow the student to obtain an unfair advantage, will lead to disciplinary action under this Code. Such action will include consideration of any criminal conviction (including those for offences that are not directly connected with a student’s studies) or, where relevant, any disciplinary action by an employer.
Students are reminded that The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1975) does not apply to the professional and statutory bodies to which School of Health and Life Sciences students are seeking membership and should a student be subject to a criminal conviction or caution, this is never considered “spent”.
Any student who has been subject to a criminal conviction or caution after completing and submitting the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) form but prior to commencing study at the University is required to notify his/her admissions tutor or programme administrator in writing, before commencing study at the University. In addition any student who is subject to a criminal conviction or caution subsequent to commencing study at the University is required to notify his/her programme administrator in writing. This enables determination of any possible implications in relation to academic and/or practice education to be considered. Failure to disclose is in itself a breach of the codes of conduct.
Dishonest behaviour by students engaged in university or practice based education will be subject to disciplinary procedures and may be subject to legal proceedings.
In the course of their studies students may be placed in positions of trust and any breach of trust which includes breaches in confidentiality will lead to disciplinary action under this Code and may result in exclusion from the programme of study.
Plagiarism at any stage of a student’s studies will be considered a breach of the codes and as such subject to disciplinary action. Investigation and subsequent actions to be taken will be in accordance with the University’s Plagiarism Policy and Procedures. Repeated or major offences will be dealt with by a Fitness to Practise Panel.
Students behaviour should reflect positively on the profession, School and University and any action by a student which brings the profession, School or University into disrepute shall be considered a breach of the codes and therefore subject to disciplinary action.
Students must report to the appropriate authority e.g. Subject Lead, Programme Leader, Practice Educator, Placement Manager, Head of Department any action/behaviour observed which may put others at risk. Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary action being taken against the student who failed to report.

BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS OTHERS


Students are expected at all times to comply with University, School, professional and statutory body and practice placement requirements in their behaviour towards others, which include:

  • being considerate and polite in dealing with fellow students, members of the university or partner institutions, and the public

  • keeping high standards of personal and professional conduct

  • behaving with integrity and honesty

  • being reliable and dependable

  • being punctual

  • respecting and maintaining the dignity and privacy of service users, peers, staff and the public

  • listening to others and respecting their views

  • respecting the right of service users to decline to take part in teaching and/or in services offered

  • not allowing their views about a person’s lifestyle, culture, beliefs, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, social status, perceived economic worth or learning needs to prejudice their interaction with service users, fellow students, teachers, or other members of the university or partner institutions.

Wherever possible, students should avoid providing ‘care’ to anyone with whom they have a close personal relationship and if a situation arises where they cannot avoid doing so, they are required to inform their practice educator/mentor/teacher prior to any engagement with the service user.


A student must always declare to service users that he/she is a student and not a qualified professional, and must not recommend treatment or suggest service users take any action that might be interpreted as advice from a qualified professional. Students must wear appropriate identification at all times.



APPEARANCE


Students must follow their programme guidelines on standard of dress/uniform as detailed in the relevant student handbook and/or guidelines provided in relation to:


  • University based studies

  • Practical/skills classes

  • Laboratory classes

  • Practice based studies

  • Visits

It is expected that students will maintain appropriate standards of appearance and personal hygiene at all times so as to avoid causing offence or lead others to question their professional skills.


Students must wear appropriate identification, and uniform (if required), and they must recognise that an important part of communication is the use of facial expression. Showing their faces fully to service users, fellow students and teachers makes recognition by them easier, while showing one’s face also makes it easier for service users and fellow students who are hard of hearing to hear and/or lip-read.

LEARNING


The content of the majority of programmes within the School of Health and Life Sciences is designed to meet the requirements of professional and statutory bodies. Students are expected to pursue their studies with due diligence, ensuring that they avail themselves of the educational opportunities provided.
Learning is a partnership between students, academic, practice and support staff and as such requires students to fully engage in the process. It is expected that students will:


  • take responsibility for their own learning including participation in personal development planning (PDP)

  • identify their learning needs and seek assistance when required

  • attend university and practice based education diligently

  • participate fully in the educational experiences provided including being suitably prepared

  • participate fully, honestly and constructively in dialogue with their teachers regarding the quality of the educational process

  • not jeopardise the health and safety of others

  • not disrupt the delivery of the teaching and learning experience of fellow students

Students are expected to have read and understood GCU and School Attendance Policy. They must notify the appropriate person or department, in accordance with School and individual programme guidelines, if they are to be absent from any part of the course, due to sickness or other reasons. Students are expected to make up the lost learning opportunity. Failure to comply with the School Attendance Policy may result in the student having to retake and pass the relevant module with attendance prior to proceeding with subsequent stages of the programme or the student may be withdrawn from the programme.


If a student behaves dishonestly (including plagiarising or other forms of cheating) he/she will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with University and School Policies.
Students are expected to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of their studies.
It is expected that students will take part as a recipient in skills development classes and that consent will be a pre-requisite to participation. Written consent will be sought at the beginning of each academic session. Students must ensure they fully understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to participation and should seek clarification from the Programme Leader if they have any concerns or require clarification.
Students with disabilities are given the opportunity before they begin their university programme to inform the School and University of any assistance or adjustments they may require to assist them with their studies. If a student has any specific requirements to enable him/her to follow his/her programme of study (including any physical, health or learning requirements), he or she is expected to work with the School and University support services to address these requirements. Every effort will be made to provide appropriate support and guidance. To ensure appropriate support may wherever possible be provided students should report to an appropriate member of staff within the School (e.g. programme leader or disability coordinator) any new condition or any changes in a pre-existing condition which may affect his/her ability to follow his/her programme of study or to take up the associated profession. This will allow the student and the named member of staff to identify the impact, if any, on the student’s studies. Referral to Occupational Health/Medical Specialist services may be required to support both the students and the School in assessing potential impact. The School and University will make every effort to provide appropriate support and guidance.

DUTY OF CARE


Students of Biomedical Science, Clinical Physiology, Counselling Psychology, Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professions, Social Workers and Vision Science must be willing to physically examine and care for service users (which includes touching) irrespective of the lifestyle, culture, beliefs, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, social status, or health status of the service user. Although physical examination is not a requirement for Social Work professionals student social work professionals must be willing to care for service users irrespective of the lifestyle, culture, beliefs, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, social status, or health status of the service user. Students are expected to recognise their scope of practice and not undertake professional practice without appropriate authority and supervision.
As part of their induction to practice education students have the responsibility to familiarise themselves with all partner organisations’ guidelines, including health and safety and codes of conduct and to apply these guidelines accordingly. Breaches of these guidelines and /or codes of practice will lead to disciplinary action.
Dishonest or inappropriate behaviour by students engaged in practice education will be subject to disciplinary procedures and may be subject to legal proceedings.



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