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COVID-19 Update – We are working hard to ensure our processes adapt in line with the impact of Covid-19. Read our latest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.
When admitting students to study and practise on healthcare courses, St George’s has an obligation to provide a safe environment for both the patients that you will encounter and to you as a student. In order to do this, we require all healthcare students to complete our fitness to practise requirements, which consist of an occupational health check, and a DBS check.
Completing your fitness to practise requirements is an important part of preparing to study at St George’s. You may not receive an unconditional offer or enrol if you have not completed both requirements.
Please note, you are responsible for covering all costs associated with the fitness to practise requirements of the course.
Diagnostic Radiography BSc
Healthcare Science BSc
Graduate Entry Medicine (MBBS)
Occupational Therapy BSc
Paramedic Science BSc
Therapeutic Radiography BSc
Physiotherapy MSc (pre-registration)
Physician Associate Studies MPAS
All healthcare students are required to complete a health clearance and be declared fit to study and practise by the Occupational Health (OH) department before they can start at St George’s.
The following vaccinations are mandatory for all healthcare students before you begin your studies:
If you do not have any of the vaccinations listed above, please contact your GP to arrange for these as soon as possible.
Screening for Chickenpox, Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis B and C will be carried out by St George’s Occupational Health team when you begin your degree.
Decisions about fitness to study and practise are made by the Occupational Health department during an appointment. The Occupational Health team can discuss any concerns you might have during the application process and can be contacted directly on +44(0)20 8725 1661 or by email.
If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or are currently required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.
Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.
We understand that the outbreak of Covid-19 may impact on your ability to complete the Occupational Health requirement. Below is an outline of the things in place to try to make this process as simple as possible during this uncertain time.
If you are shielding due to Covid-19, please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible so we can work with you to ensure you can thrive on your course.
We suggest you submit your occupational health form as soon as possible. The deadline for forms to be received is 31 July 2020.
If you are unable to obtain one of the required vaccines, the Occupational Health department may be able to administer the required dose for you. Please submit the form with notes about vaccines you’ve been unable to obtain and the Occupational health department will be in touch to discuss this. Please be aware that it remains your responsibility to obtain the relevant vaccines so relying on the Occupational Health department should be considered a last resort. Further advice can be found by contacting the Occupational Health department directly on on +44(0)20 8725 1661 or by email.
Deferred from 2019, to enrol in 2020
If you have deferred entry and are due to start your course in 2020, you may not need to complete another occupational health check. If you submitted and passed an occupational health check last year, and nothing has changed in the past year, you can request an Occupational Health Declaration for Deferred Offer Holders from the Admissions team. If you did not submit, or pass, an occupational health check last year, or if something health-related has changed in the last year, please complete your occupational helath check as detailed above.
Deferred from 2020, to enrol in 2021
If you have deferred your offer and are due to start your course in 2021, please still complete your occupational health check as detailed above, as this is a condition of your offer. In 2021, you will be able to complete a declaration form if there have been no changes to your health.
All applicants must complete an occupational health check by the deadline, but you might be able to submit all of the required information via a nominated representative. The GP report can often be completed without you present, so a relative or trusted friend could complete your sections, and complete the GP report on your behalf. It remains your responsibility to meet this requirement, and without an occupational health submission, you may not be issued an unconditional offer, or allowed to enrol.
Keep your contact details up to date on UCAS track, or applicant portal if you’ve applied directly.
Try to avoid using a school, university or employer email address as your contact email address as you might lose access before enrolment.
Keep an eye on your email and check it regularly. This is how we generally keep in touch, so look out for any @sgul.ac.uk emails.
Remember to submit your DBS check too.
Please feel free to contact us if you need any help. You can email us or call +44 (0)20 8266 6285.
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