Have your say on fitness to practise processes for nurses and midwives 

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is consulting on proposed changes to improve its fitness to practise procedures. This will allow the NMC to be more efficient and effective when investigating the conduct or practice of registrants who fall short of the standards.

NHS Employers would like to hear from HR directors and nurse leaders, along with any of the workforce with an interest in the consultation, on the proposed changes. To do this, we have created an online survey, which will take no more than 20 minutes, for you to complete by close of play on Friday 9 December 2016. The responses that you give will help to inform NHS Employers' response to the consultation. 

The consultation seeks views on a range of topics, such as:
  • changes to undertakings
  • warnings
  • advice
  • reviewing case examiner decisions
  • equality and diversity
  • transitional provisions. 
You can also submit a response directly to the NMC by 12 noon on Monday 19 December using this response form to consultations@nmc-uk.org.  


The Department of Health consulted on changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order (the Order) 2001 back in April this year. The draft rules, which are currently under consultation support the Order and will implement the new powers.

The NMC plans to produce guidance to assist case examiners with their new powers and the wider changes consulted on by the Department of Health. A further consultation on new guidance which will also seek feedback on the NMCs approach to health cases under the new Fitness to Practise Committee will take place in early 2017.

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