Health & Fitness to Practise
The University is required by the General Medical Council to ensure that students who graduate with degrees of BMBCh are fit to practise Medicine. Please read the Oxford University Medical School's policy statement.
This is a matter in which conduct and health, and not simply academic standing, are relevant. Medical students must display similar standards of behaviour to qualified doctors (including honesty and integrity), a professional attitude towards patients and colleagues, an ability to communicate with patients and gain their trust, and an ability to cope with the emotional pressures associated with the study and practice of Medicine. For further information and help see the University of Oxford's Occupational Health Service website.
The Oxford framework of small-group teaching, and especially of tutorial teaching, will help to develop these skills and attitudes, and tutors will do everything they can to support you throughout the course. However, sometimes it happens that students simply cannot make the personal adjustments needed, and in that case it may be necessary to prevent them from continuing on the clinical course. Although this outcome is very rare - and does not preclude students from gaining the pre-clinical BA qualification in Medical Sciences - the Medical School accordingly has procedures for removing individuals from the Register of Medical Students on non-academic grounds.
Disclosure and Barring Service Bureau check
The School, like other medical schools, is, in accordance with Department of Health guidance, asked to register with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). If you are offered a place then the DBS will be asked to check your details on police and government records. This check is known as an enhanced disclosure and a copy is sent to both the applicant and to designated persons in the Medical School. For further information on the DBS see: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service.
Oxford conforms to the UK Department of Health's requirements regarding immunisation status (hepatitis, BCG and rubella; freedom from Hepatitis B antigen carrier status). Medical students coming to Oxford are asked to fill in a confidential medical questionnaire before the beginning of the course and on occasion, specific advice may be given if the health profile of a student suggests potential difficulties in clinical care situations. Most importantly, certain immunizations are required for students where immunity does not already exist. These are rubella, BCG (for tuberculosis) and, of great importance, hepatitis B vaccination. You will not be able to be involved with NHS patients in the United Kingdom unless you are vaccinated against hepatitis B and have either shown a response to the vaccine or are shown not to be a carrier of hepatitis B antigen.
The University of Oxford's Occupational Health Service provides support to students in assessing any risks that arise from their clinical duties, advice on risk avoidance and immunization and innoculation for work overseas. Students undertaking elective periods abroad may obtain advice and inoculations from the University Occupational Health Service.
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