Disability support


Trainees are both postgraduate students at the university and employed by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Both systems have a role in supporting trainees with a disability. The University arrangements are provided by AccessAbility.

The role of the university systems is primarily to support the academic and research components, whereas Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust will be concerned with working on placement. 

Within the Programme the key person for the trainee to liaise with is their appraiser so that if an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is needed this can be arranged with the AccessAbility team in the university. The trainee can also, if they so wish, independently approach any of the university services.

Reasonable adjustments will be made in order that the trainee with a disability is not disadvantaged by their disability. However, the professional standards required by the programme have to be met. For example, being able to produce a piece of academic work to an excellent standard of scientific written English and on time is a programme standard. An ILP may provide for the trainee gaining access to a proofreading service so that this can be achieved. However, they will not be able to submit substandard pieces of work. The aim of the ILP is to assist the trainee to meet the standards, not as a way of lowering the standard.

In the initial stages of implementing the ILP there may need to be some time for support services to be organised, and reasonable adjustments will be made to take this into account.