Sanctions we can impose

The different types of sanctions we can impose on a nurse or midwife

If a panel of the Fitness to Practise Committee has decided that a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise is impaired, there are a range of sanctions (restrictions) they can impose.

These sanctions are made to:

  • protect the public
  • maintain public confidence in the professions and the NMC
  • declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and performance.

Sanctions are not intended as a punishment for the nurse or midwife.

Deciding on sanctions

Panels will always consider the sanctions in the order from a caution order, to a striking off order.

Caution order

The nurse or midwife is cautioned for their behaviour but is allowed to practise without any restriction. The caution order can last from one to five years.

Conditions of practice order

This order restricts a nurse or midwife's practice for up to three years, and is used when the concerns identified in their practise are considered capable of being addressed through retraining or assessment. They must, however, comply with the restrictions or directions in order to practise. For example, they may be restricted from working in a particular setting or directed to retrain in a particular area.

A conditions of practice order can be applied for up to three years, and must be reviewed by a fitness to practise panel before it expires.

When considering whether to make a conditions of practice order panels will consult our conditions of practice library.

Suspension order

A suspension order prevents the nurse or midwife from practising for a specified length of time.

Striking-off order

If a nurse or midwife is struck off, their name is removed from our register and they are not allowed to work as a nurse or midwife in the UK.

If a nurse or midwife is currently subject to a sanction, you will be able to see this when you search for their name on the register.