Non-academic offer requirements
All accepted candidates will be required to complete health declaration and immunisation forms, and some will be contacted by an Occupational Health Physician where appropriate.
The UK Government Health Authorities advise that all medical students are screened to identify possible carriers of the hepatitis B virus. All applicants who accept an offer are advised to:
- undertake a screening blood test for Hepatitis B
- if negative, start a course of immunisation
- thereafter provide certified evidence of these
From 2020 entry, the MBChB Course at Birmingham will offer students the opportunity to engage in Exposure-Prone Procedures (EPPs) whilst on clinical placement (see EPP section below). Students who want to participate in EPPs will be required to undertake additional screening as described below. This screening will be offered after admission and is separate to our standard health and immunisation checks that take place during our admissions process.
For further information about these requirements, please see: Medical and Dental Students: Health clearance for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis.
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences will reimburse students with financial hardship for up to £200 of the cost of their vaccinations. If you meet the eligibility criteria for a Chamberlain Award from the University of Birmingham, you are advised to obtain receipts for any health checks that you have had to pay for. Once you commence the MBChB course at the University of Birmingham, you may then apply for reimbursement from the College, up to the cost of £200.
Exposure Prone Procedures
Students commencing the course in 2020 are offered for the first time the opportunity to undertake Exposure Prone Procedures (EPPs) during their clinical placements.
We believe that it offers an additional valuable learning experience for students, though undertaking EPPs is not a required course component.
The Department of Health (DoH) defines EPPs as: “invasive procedures where there is a risk that injury to the worker may result in the exposure of the patient’s open tissues to the blood of the worker. This is described as ‘bleed-back’. These include procedures where the worker’s gloved hands may be in contact with sharp instruments, needle tips or sharp tissues (e.g. spicules of bone or teeth) inside a patient’s open body cavity, wound or confined anatomical space where the hands may not be completely visible at all times.” (Health Clearance for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV: New healthcare workers. Department of Health, March 2007).
The concern with EPPs is the transmission of blood-borne viruses (BBVs).
It is important to note that most clinical procedures are not EPPs.
The opportunity for performing EPPs is entirely dependent upon a student agreeing to undertake screening for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. A student must be confirmed as BBV negative (or meet certain stringent conditions if they are found to be BBV positive) in order to be allowed to undertake EPPs.
Please note that this EPP status is additional to the standard clearance process that all applicants who are made an offer are asked to engage with at the time of admission. The standard process includes advice on vaccination for Hepatitis B.
No student will be required to pay for the additional BBV screening that is necessary to acquire EPP clearance. The testing will be carried out by our Occupational Health service after you commence the course.
There will be no detrimental impact upon your progression and your ability to graduate and meet the GMC Outcomes for Graduates if either you decline EPP testing or the screening for BBVs results in you being unable to undertake EPPs. After graduation if either of these circumstances applies, you will be restricted in the clinical work you are permitted to undertake.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and the Excluded Students Database (ESD)
Please be aware that the DBS process, for applicants who firmly accept an offer of a place, has been postponed in light of the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please do not send any documentation through the post or visit the campus to present your documentation, as our staff will not be available to receive these. Please be reassured that we will do everything we can to minimise any disruption in your ability to meet this condition, and we will be in contact with further information in due course. For information about the current situation please visit our FAQ page on COVID-19 which we will keep updated as the situation develops.
Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the course.
Fitness to Practise
As a student on the MBChB programme you will be expected to meet specified standards of behaviour relating to fitness to practise set by the General Medical Council (GMC) and described in two documents:
The university publishes regulations and codes of practice that relate to Fitness to Practise status. In order to clarify what this means in terms of our expectations regarding behaviour of a medicine student on the MBChB course, we ask all students to sign, each year of their study, a Code of Conduct document. This document is reviewed on a regular basis.
- The academic requirements for entry will be detailed in the offer made to you (e.g. A Level grades, degree result etc). Please be aware that the latest that we can accept academic results is, normally, August 31st of the admissions cycle in which you apply (e.g. if you apply in 2019 for deferred entry in 2021, the academic conditions of your offer must be achieved by August 31st 2020).
- If your results do not meet our requirements and you are not accepted but you challenge the result you achieved (for example, you ask for a re-mark for one of your A Level subjects), we are obliged to accept you if you then meet the exact terms of your offer and this result is received by us by August 31st. If possible we will accept you for entry the same year but if there are no places available by the time your re-mark is confirmed, we will offer you a place for entry the following year. We are not obliged to accept you for the same year of entry if the course is full.