147 registrants respondent and out of these 107 respondent to the question about impact on career
31% worked at same level they were before FtP
23.5% worked at lower level than before FtP
5.66% worked at higher level than before FtP
21.7% decided to leave the profession
17.9% remained on the register but haven't worked since FtP
https://rcni.com/nursing-standard/newsroom/news/fitness-to-practise-process-damages-nurses-careers-regardless-of-outcome-146011?fbclid=IwAR2fOZ2fvm7GDinQgHb3wi4scWHUahP97uR2K5b5SNUffdk4Tud4AgV934A. Great that this has been recognised at council - need to look at how the NMC can assist to keep registrants in the profession and only remove them when absolutely necessary. It is more difficult and takes more time to retrain but in most instances registrants can address their issues if they have the right support and guidance.
It is really positive that the NMC are leading the way in pushing back to employers to take responsibility for thorough and robust local investigations and then if there is still some outstanding risk to escalate to the NMC. So many cases we see through NMCWatch could have been dealt with through good local investigation, mentorship and leadership. We hear registrants say that the NMC is used as a threat particularly when they are in conflict with their employer which is less than positive. Hopefully this will help to redress the balance. It would be useful that if an employer is given guidance by the NMC to continue investigations locally, in the ethos of transparency, that the registrant is copied into this correspondence so they are kept fully in the picture. Often the registrant is the last to know...
over 9,000 registrants sanctions, impaired and struck off the nursing register since 2008 according to annual fitness report. how many more have left the profession because they can not face working in a profession that may subject them to this process again? Of the 27% of members we have surveyed and got a "no case to answer outcome" 23% of them left the profession at the end of their cases. Out of 143 that have responded so far to the survey -over half of those who responded suffered from mental health issues which they attributed to the process. A high proportion suffered from suicidal thoughts. Our nurses and midwives deserve better.
sounds a great project - well done