Reference: GUI-2a

Last Updated 28/07/2017


Misconduct refers to conduct that falls short of what would be proper in the circumstances. The Code presents the professional standards that nurses and midwives must uphold, no matter where they practise.

Misconduct can involve issues outside of professional or clinical performance. This includes the conduct of a nurse or midwife away from their working environment, but only if it could affect the protection of patients, undermine public confidence or undermine public expectations of the standards of conduct and behaviour to be followed.

Conduct such as poor timekeeping or failures to follow local policy will not need our regulatory involvement unless it could affect patient safety, the upholding of professional standards or public confidence in the professions. An isolated clinical error or incident, unless it is particularly serious, is unlikely to call into question a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise.