Tell us about your fitness to practise
This section covers the kinds of things you need to tell us about, why you need to tell us and what we do with the information.
You must tell us immediately about any circumstances that may affect your fitness to practise, in particular:
- if you have criminal charges or convictions
- if you are suspended, demoted or have been dismissed by your employer
- about any newly diagnosed health condition or any changes to an ongoing health condition, where the condition has or may have an effect upon your ability to carry out your job safely and effectively.
You should tell us if for any reason you enter into a settlement agreement with your employer unless you entered into that agreement as a result of redundancy.
You must tell us about changes to your personal details. You can tell us of any change to your details or circumstances, or generally keep in touch quickly through MySSSC.
Conduct is about how you behave in and outside work, and professional practice is about your competence and how you carry out your role.
Some examples of misconduct and deficient professional practice are:
- shouting or swearing at people who use services
- not giving medication properly
- not carrying out visits as set out in a care plan or by law
- not following procedures such as counting children in and out of a building, or wearing protective clothing
- not recording information
- relationships with people who use services outside work that the employer is not aware of
- telling other people confidential information about people who use services
- behaving in a way that is racist or discriminatory.
It is very important that you tell us immediately:
- about criminal charges or convictions
- if you are suspended, demoted or have been dismissed by your employer.
If you are unsure about what you need to tell us, please contact us on 0345 60 30 891 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people living with a health condition are able to practise safely and effectively with or without adjustments. We would expect you to manage health conditions by:
- being open and honest with your employer about your condition and any limitations you may have
- complying with any recommended steps to manage the condition.
Your fitness to practise may be impaired if you have a health condition (this includes an addiction to drugs or alcohol) which has an adverse effect on your ability to do your job safely and effectively. For example, where your reasoned decision making, thinking and/or behaviour are affected or where there is a physical symptom that means you cannot carry out your role safely and effectively.
Some examples of health conditions that might mean your fitness to practise is impaired are:
- periods of unconsciousness or blackouts
- serious memory loss
- inability to control anger or other emotions
- reduced ability to make decisions
- inability to carry out certain physical tasks
- lack of self-awareness and impact of behaviour on others
- lack of concentration
- alcohol and substance addiction
- a serious communicable disease.
If you declare something about your health we will want to know:
- about your health condition
- if you have had medical advice or treatment
- if you have told your employer about your condition
- about any adjustments you need so that you can work safely and effectively
- your insight and understanding about how your condition might affect your ability to practise safely and effectively.
Declaring a health condition also does not automatically mean that we need to be told about your full medical history. We only need information that is relevant to your current practice.
If you are unsure whether your health condition affects your fitness to practise, please contact us.
As the social services regulator, we have a statutory duty to be satisfied that all workers are suitable to be on the Register and are fit to practise.
When you apply for registration, we ask you and your employer to tell us you are fit to practise. You have a continuing responsibility to tell us about any circumstances that may affect your fitness to practise. This includes telling us about your health.
We expect you to be open and honest with your employer or any future employer about any matters relating to your conduct, professional practice or health which may or does have an impact on your ability to practise safely and effectively.
Your employer may need to carry out a risk assessment or make adjustments to make sure you can continue to work in a safe and effective manner.
We will treat all information you provide us with care and process it in accordance with our responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Any communication we have from you, including notes we have made of telephone calls, may be:
- used by us in making a decision
- used during a Fitness to Practise Panel hearing.
If it contains personal data about you or other people, it may be released to you or those other people if requested under the Data Protection Act 1998.
If you want us to share information with a third party about what is happening with your case you will need to give us your consent.
We understand that you may be worried about telling us about a conduct, professional practice or health concern and what effect this will have on your registration or application. Declaring this information is part of your professional responsibility.
Declaring information is not a reason for us to remove your registration or refuse your application but we must consider it to decide whether it affects your ability to do your job safely and effectively.
If you decide not to tell us about your conduct, professional practice or health and we find out about it later, it could affect your fitness to practise and you may be investigated by us.