Statement published on 27th March 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the National School of Healthcare Science have been reviewing guidance from, and working with, regulators to help universities manage programmes during this academic year. We understand that universities are having to implement changes and introduce procedures to adjust teaching, learning and assessment as a result of closures to universities, difficulties in accessing work placements for students and to comply with Government public health guidance. Our prime concern is the health and wellbeing of students and staff. During these extraordinary circumstances we still need to be satisfied that students achieve the required learning outcomes.
We wish to reassure universities that provided necessary changes are implemented in accordance with university regulations and policy for academic teaching and assessment, this will not affect School accreditation of their programmes. It is for the university to provide mechanisms within their regulations to reassure the university that students can demonstrate the required learning outcomes.
Changes to programmes will be temporary and reflect public health advice to help contain the virus. At this stage, we do not require you to submit any changes that are necessary to take but we expect that you will record changes for your own quality assurance processes. Our intention is to ensure that requirements for accreditation are not a barrier to allowing students to progress and graduate to be eligible for professional statutory or voluntary registration and employment.