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Health, Medication, Drug and Alcohol Misuse

  • Safeguard your own health; this includes ensuring that you have appropriate vaccination/immunisation.
  • Disclose to an appropriate academic or clinical adviser if you have a relevant long term medical condition/disability e.g. epilepsy, diabetes, severe allergies, etc.
  • Never consume alcohol or recreational drugs be it legal or illegal at a time when it could impair your reason or judgement or otherwise impact upon your professional responsibilities.
  • Seek advice from a pharmacist and/or registered medical practitioner regarding the potential impact of any substance or treatment that might impair your reason or judgement or otherwise impact upon your professional responsibilities.
  • Inform an appropriate academic or clinical adviser and where necessary refrain from contact with patients during the duration of a treatment that might impair your reason or judgement or otherwise impact upon your professional responsibilities.
  • Inform an appropriate academic or clinical adviser and where necessary refrain from contact with patients if you are being adversely affected by a major life event i.e. bereavement.
  • Never advise on the use of any medication, or attempt to prescribe or distribute medication. 
  • Understand and adhere to the law on illegal drugs, which makes the use or distribution of illegal drugs unacceptable under any circumstances and at any time.