What to tell us when you apply guide

Annex: The questions we will ask you on your application

Joining the register or restoring your registration

If your application is to join the register for the first time or restore your registration, we will ask you the following questions:

Questions about your health

1. Has a medical school, university or employer raised concerns about how you managed a health condition, that led to a formal process?

The formal process could be to support you, or to investigate the concerns. Usually a senior or HR manager, committee, hearing or similar decides what action to take after the process has finished.

2. Has a medical school, university or employer raised concerns about how a health condition affected your ability to study or work as a doctor, that led to a formal process?

The formal process could be to support you, or to investigate the concerns. Usually a senior or HR manager, committee, hearing or similar decides what action to take after the process has finished.

3. Do you have a serious communicable disease?

If you do, we just need to make sure you are following advice to make necessary changes to your practice before we register you.

Questions about your fitness to practise 

1. Have you been formally cautioned or convicted by the police or a court?

If your caution or conviction is protected by law in the UK, answer no.

2.  Has any other action been taken against you by the police or a similar organisation?

Read the guide before you answer this question as there are some actions you don't need to tell us about. For example, you don’t need to tell us about fixed penalty notices.

3. Has a medical school or university raised concerns about your professionalism or behaviour, that led to a formal process?

The formal process could be to support you, or to investigate the concerns. Usually a committee, hearing or similar decides what action to take after the process has finished. 

If you received a verbal warning that didn’t lead to any action or an investigation against you, answer 'no'

4. Has an employer raised concerns about your professional performance, professionalism or behaviour that led to a formal process?

The formal process could be to support you, or to investigate the concerns. Usually a senior or HR manager, committee, hearing or similar decides what action to take after the process has finished. This includes non-medical employers.

If you received a verbal warning that didn’t lead to any action or an investigation against you, answer 'no’.

5. Has an organisation investigated concerns about your fitness to practise or refused to register you or give you a licence to practise?

The organisation could be a regulator, an exam board, a coroner, a licensing organisation or a similar organisation. This includes non-medical organisations.

6. Have you had a medical malpractice or negligence claim made against you that was settled out of court or upheld?

If the claim is still ongoing answer ‘yes'.

7. Is there anything else about your professional performance, professionalism or behaviour that might raise a concern about your fitness to practise as a doctor in the UK?

Changing your registration status or submitting your annual return

If you are already registered, we will ask you one question about your fitness to practise when you apply to change your registration status or submit your annual return.

If you are giving up your registration, restoring your licence or completing the annual return for revalidation, we will ask you…

Are you aware of any proceedings, act or omission on your part which might render you liable to be referred to the General Medical Council for investigation or consideration of your fitness to practise?

If you are moving from provisional to full registration, we will ask you… 

Are you aware of any proceedings, act or omission on your part that have occurred since you were granted provisional registration, which might render you liable to be referred to the General Medical Council for investigation or consideration of your fitness to practise?