Fitness to practise

Information about the types of allegations we deal with

This section will give you a broad overview of situations that could form grounds for an allegation of lack of fitness to practise.

We investigate allegations in four broad areas:

  • Misconduct

    Behaviour which falls short of what can reasonably be expected of a nurse or midwife

  • Lack of competence

    Lack of knowledge, skill or judgement which means a nurse or midwife is unfit to practise

  • Character issues

    Cases concerning character nearly always involve some form of criminal behaviour

  • Serious ill health

    Long-term, untreated or unacknowledged physical or mental health conditions