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Health and character guidance for AEIs

Guidance for approved education institutions

We make sure that approved education institutions and practice partners have appropriate policies and guidance about:

  • Legal requirements
  • Programme providers’ responsibilities
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Education and training of practice and academic staff
  • Applicants for programmes
  • Students on programmes
  • Applying for entry to the register

The quality assurance framework provides information for AEIs regarding assessing the health and character of students and prospective students.

AEIs must ensure that they comply with current equality and diversity legislation.

We do not regulate student nurses and midwives. It is for AEIs to assess the character and health of students and prospective students according to their own policies and processes and equality legislation.

When students apply for entry to the register, the Registrar will assess whether she is satisfied that the applicant is capable of safe and effective practice. The health and character of the applicant is part of that consideration.

Applicants for initial registration are under a duty to declare any pending criminal charges, police cautions and convictions as well as any adverse determinations by other regulators.

The Registrar’s decision regarding whether the applicant is capable of safe and effective practice will be made using the NMC character and health decision making guidance

This guidance outlines the general principles applied and the factors considered by the Registrar when assessing whether an applicant is of sufficient health and character to be capable of safe and effective practice.

AEIs may be assisted by referring to this guidance in making their own health and character assessments of students and prospective students.

AEIs must assess the health and character of students on completion of the course prior to signing the declaration of “good health and good character” in line with the pre-registration nursing and midwifery standards.