Thank you. I've had a chance to read the guidance notes provided by the university, and you are correct, the information is shared with the local NHS Trusts.
"Persons entering professional programmes must meet the requirements of good character. This is based on conduct, behaviour and attitude, as well as consideration of previous convictions and cautions.
Criminal Records Bureau checks are carried out on all prospective students prior to entry onto professional programmes. In normal circumstances once a conviction is spent, this does not have to be revealed. However to protect the vulnerable, certain professional programmes are exempt from this provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974), and so information about all previous convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings must be disclosed, regardless of when these occurred.
You are also required to declare if you are currently the subject of proceedings, which might lead to a conviction, an order binding you over or a caution in the UK or another country.
Failure to declare information will result in a provisional place being withdrawn, or if discovered once on the programme may result in termination of training.
Possession of a criminal conviction does not necessarily make an applicant unsuitable for undertaking a professional programme, and a person’s suitability for training will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the School of Health Fitness for Practice Panel. This will include representation from the university and a local NHS Trust.
The following issues will be taken into account when reaching a decision about suitability for entry to a professional programme:
• Whether the conviction or caution was disclosed
• The degree of risk posed to patients/clients
• The length of time since the offence
• Whether the applicant has a pattern of offending
• How the applicant’s situation has changed since the offence was committed
• The circumstances surrounding the offence
• The applicant’s explanation of the offence
• Evidence submitted by the applicant, or referees of good character
The applicant’s commitment to work safely and effectively upholding the trust and confidence of patients and clients.
• The relevance to the post in question
• The age at which the offence was committed".