Conditions of practice order

Reference: SAN-3c

Last Updated 28/07/2017


A conditions of practice order requires the nurse or midwife to comply with conditions for a period of up to three years. A conditions of practice order is usually reviewed before it expires. The key consideration is whether conditions will be sufficient to protect patients and where necessary address any concerns about public confidence or proper professional standards and conduct.

Our Conditions of practice library includes model conditions for decision makers.

Conditions may be appropriate when some or all of the following factors are apparent (this list is not exhaustive):

  • no evidence of harmful deep-seated personality or attitudinal problems
  • identifiable areas of the nurse or midwife’s practice in need of assessment and/or retraining
  • no evidence of general incompetence
  • potential and willingness to respond positively to retraining
  • the nurse or midwife has insight into any health problems and is prepared to agree to abide by conditions on medical condition, treatment and supervision
  • patients will not be put in danger either directly or indirectly as a result of conditional registration
  • the conditions will protect patients during the period they are in force
  • it is possible to formulate conditions and to make provision as to how conditions will be monitored