A condition restricts a practitioner’s practice in some way. Imposing a condition means the practitioner needs to do something, or is prevented from doing something, in relation to their profession.
A National Board can impose a condition on the registration of a practitioner or student, or on an endorsement of registration, to protect the public.
Unlike an undertaking, a condition is an instrument used by the National Board and can be imposed on a practitioner’s registration, with or without the practitioner’s agreement.
Conditions are placed on a practitioner’s registration when the Board believes this is needed to protect the public. There are a number of situations when a National Board might consider putting a condition on a practitioner’s registration. These include:
- when a practitioner applies for registration, or is returning to practice after a break
- when a National Board has decided that a practitioner’s professional performance or conduct does not meet an acceptable standard
- when a National Board decides that a practitioner’s health may affect their ability to practise
- as part of an immediate action, and
- after a panel or tribunal hearing.
It is important to remember that conditions can also be placed on a practitioner’s registration for reasons that are not disciplinary, such as for a practitioner who is returning to practice after a break or for health reasons.
Conditions that restrict a practitioner’s practice of the profession are published on the public register of practitioners. When a National Board decides the conditions are no longer needed to protect the public, they are removed from the practitioner’s registration and no longer published.
There are some types of conditions that are used commonly. These include that the practitioner must:
- complete further education or training
- only practise under the supervision of another practitioner
- do, or refrain from doing, something in connection with the practitioner’s practice (such as stop prescribing certain medications)
- manage their practice or place of practice in a specified way
- report to a named person (such as an employer) at specified times while practising, or
- not employ, engage or recommend or work with a specified person, or class of people.
There may also be conditions related to a practitioner’s health (such as a condition for psychiatric care or drug screening). The details of health conditions are not usually published on the national register of practitioners.
See also the definition of undertaking.