Caution order

Reference: SAN-3b

Last Updated 12/10/2018

A caution order is the least serious of our sanctions in that it is the least restrictive.

A caution order is only appropriate if the Fitness to Practise Committee has decided there’s no risk to the public or to patients requiring the nurse, midwife or nursing associate’s practice to be restricted, meaning the case is at the lower end of the spectrum of impaired fitness to practise, however the Fitness to Practise committee wants to mark that the behaviour was unacceptable and must not happen again.

Because a caution order doesn’t affect a nurse, midwife or nursing associate’s right to practise, the Committee will always need to ask itself if its decision about the nurse, midwife or nursing associate’s fitness to practise indicated any risk to patient safety.

If it did, the panel members will then have to ask themselves whether a caution order will be enough to protect the public, given that it would allow the nurse, midwife or nursig associate to continue to practise without any restriction.

How long can a caution order run?

A caution order can be ordered to run for a period of between one and five years. It is recorded on the register and published on our website, and disclosed to anyone enquiring about the nurse, midwife or nursing associate’s fitness to practise history.

The guidance in our library, needs to be read alongside our NMC Guidance during the Covid-19 emergency period. We have new rules that are in force during the period of  the coronavirus emergency that are relevant to how it applies.

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