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Disability and Placements

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 remove barriers to those with disabilities where possible.

A considerable amount of learning on pre-registration health programmes (Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, 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. 


Useful information can be found on the Disability Services web pages.


A useful tool for students, academics and practice placement staff is the best practice guide - Supporting students with a Disability in Practice Settings. This guide includes a clear process map, a 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.

Supporting students with a Disability in Practice Settings
Process Map
Self Assessment Tool
Individualised Learning Plan



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.

1. HPC – A disabled person’s guide to becoming a health professional
2. University of Southampton, School of Health Sciences – Supporting Dyslexic Students on Practice Placements