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Choosing and applying for an approved programme

We encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a health and care professional to find out more about the profession they are interested in. If you have a disability you may find it helpful to find out about the support available during training and working in your chosen profession.


You might find it helpful to speak to:


Applying for an approved programme

When you apply, you should consider disclosing your disability to the course provider.

Education providers have a responsibility to enable you to tell them about your disability in a safe and confidential way. It is your decision whether you do so. We strongly recommend that you do.

If you do let the education provider know about your disability, they will contact you to discuss your needs. They will assess your overall application and consider its responsibilities, including making reasonable adjustments if necessary.

For example:

    A person who uses a wheelchair is interested in becoming a radiographer. Her friends have told her that she may be unable to do so because she would not be able to get up the stairs to different wards. However, being able to get up and down stairs is not one of the standards of proficiency for radiographers.

    While this person may need reasonable adjustments in a study or work environment, being unable to use stairs would not prevent her from meeting the professional standards for entry into radiography.



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