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What is fitness to practise?

What we mean by fitness to practise

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

All qualified nurses and midwives must follow The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives.

We will investigate if an allegation is made that a nurse or midwife 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.

 

InvestigationsConcerns about a nurse or midwife

If you have concerns about a nurse or midwife 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.

It is our role as regulator to make sure the nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise is meeting our standards. It is not the duty of patients or the public to decide whether a nurse or midwife is fit to practise. However, they can raise their concerns if they feel the safety of patients or the public are at risk.

We are not responsible for regulating hospitals or other healthcare settings. We also do not regulate healthcare assistants.