Do I have links with the GCC while I am a student?
Not directly, no. Whilst you are a chiropractic student, your main relationship will be with your education provider. Their chiropractic degree programmes have to be recognised by us – the regulator – and we keep in touch with them through our annual monitoring process. We also update the education providers about anything which arises that might be of interest to them and we expect them to tell us about any major changes or issues which they experience.
Chiropractic Students and Disability
A person is a disabled person (someone who has the protected characteristic of disability under the Equality Act 2010) if they have a physical and/or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. There is no need for a person to have a medically diagnosed cause for their impairment – what matters is the effect of the impairment not the cause.
You can find out more about what counts as a disability here - https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/disability-discrimination#definition
By law, education providers must take all reasonable steps to make adjustments to accommodate disabled students. This means they have to help someone meet the standards that are set for the programme. It does not mean that they have to vary the level of attainment required for entry to their course or for successful completion of it. There will be some occasions when an education provider decides that the provision of reasonable support, aids and adjustments will be insufficient to enable an applicant to demonstrate achievement of the competence standard for entry to the profession.
If you want to find out more about higher education institution’s duties under the Equality Act 2010 then visit https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/higher-education-providers-guidance
As well as the support which education providers are able to offer by making reasonable adjustments, individuals who have:
· a learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD)
· a mental health condition (e.g. anxiety or depression)
· a physical disability (e.g. partially-sighted or use crutches)
· a long term illness (e.g. cancer, chronic heart disease, HIV)
may also be eligible for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) – see https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas
What happens once I graduate?
Individuals who have successfully graduated from a recognised chiropractic degree programme are eligible to register with the GCC. You need to do this in order to practise chiropractic lawfully in the UK.
Applicants for registration must also:
- declare any criminal convictions or cautions, no matter when or where in the world the offences were committed
- provide a report from their GP confirming they are in good health, physically and mentally - our good health requirement means that you are capable of safe and effective practice without supervision. It does not mean the absence of any disability or health condition
- give details of registration with other regulatory bodies or associations in the UK or elsewhere, and about any disciplinary action taken against them by such a body
- give information about any allegations of professional negligence considered by a civil court
- provide proof of professional indemnity insurance
- provide a birth certificate and proof of any change of name since then (for example, a marriage certificate)
- provide a character reference.
To find out what will be expected of you once you register with us, you can take a look at the GCC's Code which can be found here