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 whether someone on our register is fit to practice if an allegation is made that they don't meet our standards for skills, education and behaviour.

If necessary, we will act by removing them from the register for a set period of time or in some cases, permanently. This is called being 'struck off' our register.

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.

Read more about our approach to fitness to practise.