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Medical students outside Hull Royal Infirmary

Applicants with a disability or health condition

We welcome an application from you if you have a disability or long-term health condition. We believe that you can make an invaluable contribution to patient care, and we are committed to providing support and advice for your application to our medical school.

Introduction

Welcomed and valued

Medical students and doctors can experience ill health or disability at any point in their lives. This may occur before medical school, during medical studies or later in their professional career.

If you have a disability or long-term health condition, we offer a wide range of support to help you throughout your medical studies to help you fulfil your ambition of becoming a doctor.

We welcome students with diverse life experiences to enrich our medical school community. Your individual experiences of ill health or disability and what it means to be a patient can also lead to a greater understanding of the needs of patients and how to improve patient care.

Students examining a digital patient case study with a clinician
Medicine student and a GP with a patient at Brough GP Surgery
Students in a problem based learning session

Applying to medical school

We are committed to supporting our applicants, throughout the application process and when they commence their studies with us.

All our applicants are required to declare in their UCAS application any disability or health condition. This information will not be accessible to the admissions teams during the selection process or influence admission decisions.

We follow the Welcomed and Valued guidance from the General Medical Council and if you have a disability or long-term health condition that would require additional support, including reasonable adjustments, we strongly encourage you to contact us directly as early as possible – even before sending your application. Please contact our Admissions Team: further.enquiries@hyms.ac.uk

Should we invite you for interview, we will ask you if there are any reasonable adjustments we should make to ensure the interview experience we provide meets your individual needs.

All candidates who firmly accept an offer from us will be sent an Occupational Health assessment form which includes health screening and immunisation. Our Occupational Health will consider whether you will need any reasonable adjustments to support you during your studies, and so that you can successfully complete the Medicine programme.

The Occupational Health assessment will also assess the impact a health condition is having on the person’s ability to practise medicine safely, which will be unique for each individual. This will follow the General Medical Council Outcomes for Graduates guidance and fitness to practise requirements. If you have any questions about fitness to practise Medicine, please contact our Admissions Team: further.enquiries@hyms.ac.uk

Dyslexia and specific learning difficulties

We support students who have specific learning differences (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, or AD(H)D.

If you have an SpLD, our host Universities can put in place a Student Support Plan which will include recommended academic adjustments. You may also be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances, which can contribute towards the costs of specialist study skills, and useful technologies and other aids to help with your studies. You can find out more on the University of York – SpLD and University of Hull – SpLD websites.

If you are offered a place to study with us, please provide a current educational psychologist's report (or the equivalent) with your Occupational Health questionnaire. This is so we can ensure you have the appropriate support on your arrival. Please note that this report should be dated within the last three years, if it was written before your sixteenth birthday, or within the last five years, if it was written when you were 16 or older.

Support during your studies

We are committed to supporting you throughout the duration of your studies.

In addition to the support from our Universities, we have our own dedicated Student Support Team, who understand what’s involved in studying Medicine and how best to support you. They can help signpost you to support services within the Medical School, in our parent universities and external agencies as appropriate.

Our Universities provide a comprehensive range of support, including:

  • Identifying what reasonable adjustments may be needed for you, such as in lectures or examinations
  • Liaising with us and other university services to put in place your support arrangements.
  • Identify material that you might need in alternative formats
  • Advice on applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).

Please visit the University of Hull – student support and the University of York – disabilities websites for more information.

Contact us

We welcome you to contact us directly to discuss your individual support needs. Please contact our Admissions Team: further.enquiries@hyms.ac.uk