Medical and dental students: Health clearance for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis
The Medical Schools Council, the Dental Schools Council
, Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland, the Association of UK University Hospitals, and Higher Education Occupational Practitioners have published revised guidance relating to health clearance for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis. This guidance is intended for use by medical and dental schools, medical and dental students, occupational health services and health provider organisations.
Blood borne virus (BBV) testing should be performed during the initial stages of medical training, prior to undertaking any EPPs. Freedom from infection with BBVs is not an absolute requirement for those wishing to train as doctors, however satisfying additional health clearance, which includes determining their BBV status, is obligatory for those who wish to train in specialties that involve EPPs.
All potential undergraduate dental students must undergo additional health clearance before acceptance onto the course. This guidance also applies to those entering courses in dental hygiene and therapy.
Additional health clearance stipulates that individuals must be non-infectious for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
The 2014 publication replaces the 2008 guidance, specifically relating to revised DH guidance for healthcare workers with HIV who perform Exposure Prone Procedures.
The document can be accessed from the link at the top-right of the page.