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Other disabled health care professionals? My son's been told he'll have to leave his course

TanyaS Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited October 27 in Work and employment
Hi, my son recently started on a uni course for prosthetics and orthotics. 6 weeks in he's being told he'll have to leave the course as, in their view, unable to safely meet manual handling requirement as he is full time wheelchair user. We'd love to hear from other disabled people working in health care who have any relevant experience. (The uni had info regarding his disability since he applied and he visited in the summer, before results day for them to do a risk assessment, so they clearly have handled this badly one way or another) 


  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,686

    Scope community team

    How frustrating @TanyaS! Were any reasonable adjustments suggested after the assessment was undertaken before he began the course? 
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  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 1,474 Pioneering
    Hi @TanyaS How dreadful. Is he able to transfer to another course?
  • TanyaS
    TanyaS Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Some adjustments have been put in place. When he did a practice of the manual handling he used a perching stool but uni have said this isn't safe. We are going to ask for an independent occupational health specialist to review the options. Any recommendations for occupational health would be good. 
  • TanyaS
    TanyaS Member Posts: 5 Listener
    @Teddybear12. It would be too late for this year. Also he only went to this uni (200 miles from home) because they offered this course. 
  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 242 Pioneering
    Have you been given this information in writing? If not ask for it and the reasons why. Many places will say things verbally but are reluctant to pit it in writing incase you legally challenge it. When making this request give them a time line to reply. Good luck.
  • TanyaS
    TanyaS Member Posts: 5 Listener
    @littleacorn. Thank you - that's a really helpful suggestion 
  • Fred2021
    Fred2021 Community Volunteer Adviser Posts: 34 Connected

    Hi @TanyaS

    A warm welcome to the community

    I’m really sorry to hear about your son’s experience and appreciate this must be a difficult situation for you both. 

    As suggested in a previous post, it might be worth requesting the reasons for the decision in writing. 

    All the best - please keep in touch, and let us know how you are getting on. 

    Community Volunteer Adviser.  I have some expertise in the following subjects, gained through professional settings such as employment and high level education: autism, learning disabilities, employment.


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