Lapses in Professionalism (LiP)

Many complaints against health care professionals involve issues of conduct rather than competence. Inadequate professional behaviour during undergraduate training – even when such concerns are deemed to be “low-level” - is an acknowledged predictor of fitness to practise deficiencies in subsequent years (Stern, Frohna and Gruppen, 2005).

Clinical practice is a fundamental aspect of the development of professionalism, with clinical assessors responsible for the assessment of competence which establishes a student's fitness for practice. This is mirrored within the academic environment with Personal Tutors playing a key role in the development of educational proficiency and professional behaviour within the university setting.

Therefore, to ensure a holistic approach to the assessment and management of student professionalism between the practice learning setting and academic institution, our intention is to include a transparent monitoring and recording system that supports the identification of low and higher-level concerns.

The LiP process is a mechanism to report and action any unprofessional behaviour during the student’s period of registration. When a lapse is reported, this will trigger actions between key stakeholders to award tariff points to develop a facilitative action plan together with the student before they lead to more significant fitness to practice issues.

Within the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, it is the policy to record lapses in the professional behaviour of all students on courses leading to registration with a professional/statutory body (e.g. NMC, HCPC etc.), managed through the LiP tariff.

Lapses in Professionalism is already operational in our pre-registration Midwifery programme and is being introduced in pre-registration Nursing programmes from January 2022. Our pre-registration Allied Health programmes will be adopting this policy later in 2022.

Lapses in Professionalism will replace the Cause for Concern process, however you will continue to receive support with students that are struggling to achieve, through our ARU practice learning support team (Education Champions, link tutors and Placement Support Facilitators).

Please download the Lapses in Professionalism Policy (PDF) for further information.

Reporting Lapses in Professionalism (Clinical Practitioners)

If you wish to report a Lapse in Professionalism, you will need to seek the agreement of another registered professional and complete the Lapses in Professionalism Tariff form (PDF). This will then need to be returned to the Education Champion or equivalent, who will be able to offer support with this if required.

If you have any questions or queries please contact your Education Champion or University link lecturer.

Reporting Lapses in Professionalism (University staff)

If you wish to report a Lapse in Professionalism, you will need to seek the agreement of another colleague and complete Lapses in Professionalism Tariff form (PDF). This will then need to be returned to the Course Leader, who will progress the process as per the policy.