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Self-referral to the NMC: what are nurses’ obligations?

The nursing regulator's expectations regarding illness, mental health and legal action, plus where to start, and the circumstances that don’t warrant self-referral

The nursing regulator’s expectations regarding illness, mental health and legal action, plus where to start, and the circumstances that don’t warrant self-referral

A self-referral is when a registrant informs the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of a serious professional or personal issue that means they may be unable to continue in their role because they could be in breach of the Code .

When is self-referral to the nursing regulator not required?

As a nurse, nursing associate or midwife, you would not need to self-refer in any of the following instances:

  • If you have a health condition that is being well managed and you are still able to carry out your professional
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