Fitness to Practise

Fitness to Practise is a requirement of all professions registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  During training (pre-registration), monitoring of Fitness to Practise is the responsibility of Programmes. Candidates should refer to the HCPC standards for a definition (  

Concerns about Fitness to Practise could be raised during the selection process.  This will include the manner and tone of written and verbal communications with the programme at any stage of the selection process, as well as behaviour during the interview process.

During the selection process, issues that could significantly impair a candidate's capacity to practice in an open and reflective manner will be noted. These could be for example, whether an individual is open to feedback about any relevant concerns, shows appropriate self-awareness in relation to difficulties that impact on their capacity to work, and is willing to work collaboratively with relevant staff to address (and hopefully to overcome) these.  


Once you have been offered a place, the Programme will assess Fitness to Practise through screening procedures.   The offer of a training place is subject to satisfactory checks with local Occupational Health Services and with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).    If the DBS check confirms the presence of convictions, the Head of the Clinical Psychology Service and the Programme Director will assess if the candidate can be accepted onto the programme.  In the case of an unsatisfactory occupational health check, the offer might be withdrawn if no reasonable adjustments can be made to enable the candidate to undertake the training.