What to tell us when you apply guide

Guide for registered doctors

If you are already registered, the pages below will help you complete the declaration on your application to:

  • give up your registration (voluntary erasure)
  • restore your licence to practise
  • complete the annual return for revalidation
  • move from provisional to full registration.

If you have already told us about something, and your circumstances haven’t changed since your last application, you don’t need to tell us again.   

What to tell us about your health

You need to tell us if:

  • an employer has raised concerns about how you managed a health condition, that led to a formal process (for example concerns that you did not follow medical or specialist advice)
  • an employer has raised concerns about how a health condition affected your ability to work as a doctor, that led to a formal process
  • you have a serious communicable disease.

What do you mean by ‘formal process’?

A senior or HR manager could start a formal process to support you, or to investigate the concerns. This could lead to a formal meeting, committee, hearing or similar where action is taken after the process has finished. We only need to know about concerns raised that led to a formal process.

We consider these bullet points to be part of a formal process:

  • written notification sent to you (by letter or email) about concerns that have been raised and giving you the opportunity to comment
  • a formal meeting with a manager or supervisor in a workplace where you are providing medical services, in which they raise concerns
  • a referral to a panel, hearing, committee or similar.

Outcomes of a formal process can include:

  • a formally documented decision following any of the above that requires you to improve how you manage your condition (for example to engage with medical or specialist services and to follow their advice)
  • any action taken, including health-related conditions imposed or undertakings agreed on your practice, if your behaviour or performance was affected by your health.

More information about what to tell us about your health

You can find more information on what to tell us about health here:

I have a health condition, will you refuse my application? 

Having a health condition is not, itself, a reason for us to refuse your application. What we look at is whether the symptoms of your condition, or your management of it, is affecting your ability to practise as a doctor. Even if you have a serious illness, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t practise safely. 

Cautions, convictions, fixed penalties and other police actions

You need to tell us if:

  • you have a formal caution or conviction issued to you by the police or a court (if your caution or conviction is protected by law in the UK, you don’t need to tell us)
  • received a penalty notice for disorder in the upper tier or had other action taken against you by the police or a similar organisation.

What other police actions and fixed penalties do I need to tell you about?

Read our guide about other police actions and fixed penalties to help you decide if you need to tell us something. 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.

Action by employers or regulators and negligence claims made against you

You need to tell us if:

  • an employer or contracting organisation has raised concerns about your professional performance, professionalism or behaviour that led to a formal process
  • an organisation* has investigated concerns about your fitness to practise or refused to register you or give you a licence to practise
  • a medical malpractice or negligence claim has been made against you that was settled out of court, upheld or is still ongoing**

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

**You don’t need to tell us about negligence claims made against you which are being dealt with under a clinical negligence scheme for NHS or HSC trusts and GPs in the UK (for example CNST and CNSGP).

What do you mean by ‘formal process’?

A senior or HR manager could start a formal process to support you, or to investigate the concerns. This could lead to a formal meeting, committee, hearing or similar where action is taken after the process has finished. We only need to know about concerns raised that led to a formal process.

We consider these bullet points to be part of a formal process:

  • receiving written notification (by letter or email) about concerns that have been raised and giving you the opportunity to comment 
  • being excluded from work while under investigation
  • being invited to attend a formal panel meeting, tribunal or hearing
  • being notified in writing of the outcome of a panel meeting, tribunal or committee hearing.

Outcomes of a formal process can include:

  • being given a formal written warning
  • agreeing to undertake retraining or being supervised
  • agreeing to a plan to address the concerns about your professionalism or behaviour
  • having local restrictions or conditions put on your practice
  • being dismissed from your employment.

More information about action taken against you

You can find more information on:

Performance, professionalism and other concerns

You need to tell us if there is 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.

You can find more information on our guide for performance, professionalism and other concerns.