Health question 3: Serious communicable diseases
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 about serious communicable diseases
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
Having a serious communicable disease, is not itself, a reason for us to have concerns about your fitness to practise. What we consider is the risk you could pass it to a patient or a colleague and whether you are following independent medical advice. For more information, read our guidance about risks posed by your health in Good medical practice.
What you don't need to tell us about serious communicable diseases
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 have 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 about serious communicable diseases
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.