What we mean by good health and good character
Good character is important and is central to The code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives 2008 (the code) in that nurses and midwives must be honest and trustworthy. Your good character is based on your conduct, behaviour and attitude. It also takes account of any convictions, cautions and pending charges that are likely to be incompatible with professional registration.
Your character must be sufficiently good for you to be capable of safe and effective practice without supervision.
Good health is necessary to undertake practice as a nurse or midwife. Good health means that you must be capable of safe and effective practice without supervision. It does not mean the absence of any disability or health condition. Many disabled people and those with health conditions are able to practise with or without adjustments to support their practice.
If you are a nurse or midwife in poor health it means that you are affected by a physical or mental health condition that impairs your ability to practise without supervision.
If you have a disability or a health condition, or have pending charges, a conviction or a caution, it will not necessarily prevent you from entering an education programme or from registering as a nurse or midwife, or from continuing your career as a nurse or midwife. However, you may need to seek advice about whether you can be adequately supported to provide safe and effective practice without direct supervision.
If you declare a health condition or disability you should be assessed, where appropriate, with support from the occupational health department, or a disability services team or adviser or other medical practitioner where appropriate. Any assessment relating to disability should focus on what reasonable adjustments can be made to support you to achieve entry to or maintenance on our register.
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