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Guidance on health and character

We must check the health and character of everyone who applies to join our Register. This is to make sure that applicants will be able to practise safely and effectively within their profession.

About our guidance

We offer guidance to help you make decisions about what you need to declare to us and understand how we consider this information.


Telling us about changes

Once you are registered, there are two different ways in which you can tell us about changes to your health or character. Which route is the most appropriate will depend on what you need to tell us about.

  1. Self-referral

    You need to let us know about some changes as soon as possible. A self-referral may be made at any time during your registration.

    Make a self-referral

  2. Professional declaration

    You can tell us about other changes in your professional declaration when you renew your registration. Each profession renews at a set time. These times are the same every two years and are staggered throughout the year. 

    When to renew

Where to get advice and support

  • Below, we explain where you can look for more information, support and advice.

    Talk to us

    Speak to our Fitness to Practise team on Freephone 0800 328 4218.

    Speak to your employer

    We strongly recommend that you make your employer aware of problems in or affecting your professional life, so that you can access appropriate support.

    Your employer will also be able to advise on issues such as restrictions on your practise, and provide the documents that you need to submit to us about any suspension or dismissal.

    Speak to your professional body and union

    If you are a member of a professional body or union, you should contact them for advice. Access our pages about professional bodies for more information.

    Wellbeing services

    If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to tell somebody. We encourage you to talk to a friend, family member or trusted colleague.

    Samaritans are a non-religious support service there to listen to you and help you talk through your concerns, worries and troubles, whatever they may be. Call Samaritans for free and in confidence, 24 hours a day, on 116 123.

Still have a question about meeting our standards?

For more information or clarification about our standards, please contact our Policy and Standards team.

Tel: 44 (0)20 7840 9815 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)


Page updated on: 29/06/2018