What is fitness to practise?

Being fit to practise requires a nurse, midwife or nursing associate to have the skills, knowledge, health and character to do their job safely and effectively. 

The Code sets out the professional standards that nurses, midwives and nursing associates must uphold in order to be registered to practise in the UK..

We will investigate if an allegation is made that someone on our register does not meet our standards for skills, education and behaviour. If necessary, we will act by removing them from the register permanently or for a set period of time.

Raising a concern

If you have concerns about someone on our register and believe they are not fit to practise, please read our pages on concerns, complaints and referrals

We investigate various allegations including:

  • misconduct
  • lack of competence
  • not having the necessary knowledge of English
  • criminal behaviour
  • serious ill health.