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NMC: Problems with admission

This guide is specifically aimed at explaining health and caution or conviction issues to the NMC.

The NMC's admissions process

When you complete your course, your university will usually:

  • Upload your course and personal details to the NMC’s database.
  • Send the NMC a declaration of your good health and character. Read more about the process here.

You will then go on to NMC online to:

  • Pay your registration fee.
  • Declare that you are fit and well to practise (‘good health’).
  • Declare if you have any cautions or convictions (‘good character’).

If you declare a health issue or caution or conviction during admission, the NMC will want to know more after you complete the admissions process on NMC online.


If you have received a caution or conviction it will affect your admission to the register. The NMC will want to know:

  • What happened?
  • Why it happened?
  • If this issue could affect you and your delivery of safe practice.
  • Whether you have informed the University.
  • If you have reflected and regret your actions.

It is important to do the following in the months before the end of your course:

  • Prepare a full account of what happened and the circumstances around this. If there was more than one conviction, each one must be individually addressed. Remember to show insight and remorse. 
  • Gather evidence to show that the university or employer was informed of the caution or conviction. If the university or employer was not informed, give an explanation of why they were not.
  • See your GP and request a medical report ASAP if the caution or conviction was related to a drink, drug or a health issue.
  • If you are asked for a reference at any stage, it is important to tell your referee why you are asking for a reference.
  • See our dos and don’ts for helpful tips on references and explaining events to the NMC.

If you have a health issue, it could affect your admission to the register. The NMC will want to know that you are able to deliver safe practice.

It is important to do the following in the months before the end of your course:

  • Prepare a full account of the health issue and the circumstances around this. The NMC are looking for assurance that you are able to practise safely.
  • See your GP or consultant and request a medical report ASAP.
  • If you are asked for a reference at any stage, it is important to tell your referee why you are asking for a reference.
  • Read our do's and don’ts.

On occasion a University may refuse to support your admission to the NMC register.

If you are in dispute with your University regarding the good health and good character declaration, call us on 0345 7726100 for further advice.

If you believe your place on the course or your NMC registration may be at risk as a result of a Fitness to Practise investigation, contact us as soon as possible on 0345 772 6100.


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Page last updated - 25/03/2019