What to tell us when you apply guide

Health question 3: Serious communicable diseases

This page will help you answer health question 3 on your application.

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.

What you need to tell us

A serious communicable disease is a disease that could result in serious illness if you pass it onto someone else. You need to tell us if you have a serious communicable disease.

What happens if you have a serious communicable disease

We will check how you’re managing the condition and that you’re following independent medical advice to reduce the risk that you could pass the disease to others. Just because you have a serious communicable disease doesn’t mean that we’ll refuse your application.

We need to know because there is a risk you could pass it to a patient or a colleague. For more information, read our guidance about risks posed by your health in Good medical practice.

What you don't need to tell us

You don’t need to tell us about time-limited, acute illnesses like chicken pox, measles, colds, flu or other conditions that resolve quickly on their own or with medical treatment.

You don’t need to tell us if you know or suspect you are infected with Covid-19. You should follow the current public health advice, including self-isolating. To find answers to common questions read our guide on coronavirus.

What to do if you need to tell us

If you have a serious communicable disease you need to tell us about answer yes to health question 3 on your application and give the following details:

  • the name of the serious communicable disease you have
  • whether you have received independent medical advice and if you have, what treatment plan you are following
  • whether you told your current or future employer, or your medical school/university if you had the condition while studying medicine
  • whether you have received and are following the advice of your education or training provider or employer to minimise any risk to patients and colleagues. 

I’m still not sure whether I need to tell you about a serious communicable disease. What should I do?

Use our ‘What to tell us when you apply’ tool to help you decide whether to tell us about your condition. If you’ve used the tool and you’re still not sure get in touch with one of our advisers.