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Admission to the MBBCh programmes includes special provisions for the protection of the public and for ensuring a prospective doctor's honesty, integrity and probity. It is therefore subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4 (2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC (88) 9 Guidelines Regarding Child Protection and Police Checks.
UK applicants will be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) process at the ‘Enhanced’ level and the University's own Criminal Record Disclaimer form at a cost of £44 (correct at the time of publication). It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay the fee for an enhanced disclosure certificate. The DBS will form part of the offer of admission so will not be required by the University until an applicant has accepted their offer of admission from the University.
International applicants and those from EU countries should provide a Certificate of Good Conduct from the police or appropriate legal authority in the country of residence. Those who have been resident in the UK for longer than one year will also be required to complete the DBS Disclosure process.
All information provided will be treated in absolute confidence.
Detailed information will be given to successful applicants with letters offering places. Information on the Disclosure process can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
Enrolment on to the course cannot take place until clearance from the DBS has been received. Delay in returning the DBS form may also compromise an applicant's university accommodation options. Those who are known to be travelling overseas at the relevant time should endeavour to authorise another individual to deal with this correspondence on their behalf.
Applicants are required to disclose all police cautions, reprimands, bind-overs and warnings, in addition to formal offences and convictions. These, and any issues raised by the DBS report, will be dealt with according to the University's Policy for Determining Fitness to Practise and Eligibility to Pursue Regulated Programmes of study for Applicants. Failure to disclose relevant information may lead to an offer being withdrawn.
All applicants given offers will be required to undergo a Health Check, which is carried out independently by the University’s Occupational Health Service. Health questionnaires will be sent to applicants when offers are made and these must be completed fully and honestly, and returned. A history of serious ill health will not preclude a career in medicine unless the condition impinges on professional fitness to practise. Students with chronic health problems are welcome to contact the Occupational Health Service of Cardiff University for advice prior to submitting an application.
Enrolment on to the course cannot take place until the Occupational Health Service has received and approved an applicant's health questionnaire. Delay in returning the questionnaire may also compromise an applicant's university accommodation options. Those who are known to be travelling overseas at the relevant time should endeavour to authorise another individual to deal with this correspondence on their behalf.
Infection with a transmissible blood-borne virus (e.g. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV) is not a contra-indication to admission provided there are no other significant health problems. Students carrying an infection will be able to complete the course and obtain General Medical Council registration, but some specialities may not be open to them during training or in their subsequent career. National guidance that is current at the time of admission will be followed. Detailed information may be obtained from the Occupational Health Service.
All students will undergo screening for blood-borne viruses and tuberculosis shortly after enrolment and those that are non-immune to Hepatitis B will be required to complete a full immunisation programme before becoming involved in clinical procedures. This can be administered by the Occupational Health Service. Cardiff University has responsibility for ensuring that the programme is completed. However, prospective students might enquire beforehand with their local General Practitioner or Travel Centre to begin the vaccination programme before joining the university (a charge may be made for this) as a delay in acquiring Hepatitis B immunity may delay when a student is allowed to commence clinical teaching.
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