The University of Central Lancashire is firmly committed to providing the widest possible access to those individuals who seek to benefit from its educational activities and strive to remove barriers to those with disabilities as far as possible.
A considerable amount of learning on pre-registration health programmes (Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Paramedic, and Operating Department Practitioner) takes place in clinical skills laboratories and practice based placements. All students undertaking these programmes must meet regulatory and professional body education standards (for example Nursing and Midwifery Council / Health & Care Professions Council) which include achieving profession specific competencies and fitness to practise requirements.
Fitness to practise encompasses skills, knowledge and personal health. Disability, impairment, learning and health needs do not necessarily present barriers to achieving academic success or fitness to practise requirements. Students are encouraged to seek advice at the earliest opportunity to determine if reasonable adjustments are possible in the practice learning environment to ensure a student is able to perform to the best of their ability and are able to meet the requirements of a programme of study, ensuring safety and quality of care for patient/service users.
The Faculty of Health & Wellbeing has a detailed process to support students with Disabilities and works in close conjunction with UCLan’s inclusive support services.
The Best Practice Guide details the Faculty approach including a clear process map, self-assessment tool and an individualised learning plan to help students assess their abilities and realise the importance of declaring their specific needs to identify what reasonable adjustments are needed and whether or not it is possible to provide these in practice settings. All students are encouraged to read this guide and consider how we might work together to aim to remove barriers to achievement.
Apprenticeship students should work with their employer alongside programme teams to ensure reasonable adjustments are implemented in line with employment regulations.
Students, academics and placement provider staff will find useful resources and information here that will support decision making and development of action plans with the ultimate aim of student achievement in practice learning where reasonable adjustments are possible.