The NMC has been granted the power to overturn a decision to strike a nurse from the register.
Nottinghamshire nurse Amanda Jenkinson was convicted in 1996 of altering the settings on a patient’s ventilator and spent four years in jail. She was also struck off the nursing register.
In 2005 her conviction was quashed but she was unable to return to work as a nurse as the NMC had no power to overturn a striking off order and reinstate her. Last week, the High Court gave her the right to go back to nursing by allowing the NMC to remove her conviction from her record.
Unison, which represented Ms Jenkinson, welcomed the decision and hailed it as a breakthrough.
Anne Moses, chair of Unison’s national nursing sector, said: ‘It is essential that the NMC and other regulators have the ability to review cases in light of new and or significant information.
‘I cannot begin to imagine the terrible experience that Amanda has been through. I am delighted that this decision has finally been taken,’ she added.