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Extenuating circumstances and fitness to practise requirements - PI011601

Middlesex University

A student at Middlesex University submitted a claim for extenuating circumstances after she had been found unfit to practise. She made new information available at the appeal stage, relating to her circumstances outside university. She had chosen not to raise these issues at the original fitness to practise hearing.

The University was not satisfied that the circumstances described were sufficient to allay concerns about the student’s clinical practice, as "Health practitioners are required to make professional and appropriate decisions even in extreme circumstances outside work or to seek support in dealing with such eventualities". It was able to demonstrate that it had followed its fitness to practise procedures correctly, had considered representations from the student, and that its decision to withdraw her from the course was within the scope of the regulations.

We decided that the student’s complaint was Not Justified.