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Call for senior NHS nursing staff to take part in fitness to practise consultation


Employers are calling on senior NHS nurses and midwives to take part in a consultation about how to modernise fitness to practise procedures.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council wants to introduce a series of measures to speed up its FtP work, including giving new powers to case examiners so they can come to an agreement with registrants who do not meet practice standards, rather than sending them to a full hearing.

The regulator launched a consultation on its proposals at the end of October, which runs until 19 December.

The NHS Employers organisation is now encouraging HR directors, senior nursing and midwifery staff and other parts of the workforce to submit information for its own response to the NMC consultation. They are being asked to complete an online survey by the end of next week. 

It noted that the regulator was looking at a series of changes that would affect fitness to practise activities.

These included the NMC introducing undertakings – an agreement early on in the process with the registrant that they will comply with certain restrictions on their practice – issuing warnings and providing advice to nurses and midwives following investigation.

The proposed changes follow a separate consultation by the Department of Health over the summer, which looked at changes to the NMC’s wider legislation, including the regulations surrounding fitness to practise.

NHS Employers said it was accepting submissions to its response to this latest consultation until 9 December.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Define a senior it someone approaching retirement who has extended their knowledge and skills to better their clinical practice or is it someone who sits in an ivory tower, hasn't worked clinically for years and just pretends to know what really happens on the font line. The when they swan around once in blue moon but cannot actually do anything other than observe because they actually haven't a clue what to do.!!!!!

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  • Good point doubt this thread will be locked down to subscribers only soon so we the general nursing public who cannot afford the subscription will be unable to comment

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  • Spot on! You find that nurses (or should I say adminstrators because to me they are not longer nurses) who dictates to the real nurses on the floor do not have a clue as to what to do. They might be the ones to comment on how things should be done but not aware of how it is done! I really wish NT had a like button.

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  • OMG ... HR (totally not suitable) for the obvious reasons, but I will explain just in case the NMC are not in the picture - the (not so) HR bods ARE NOT CLINICALLY QUALIFIED... As for SENIOR managers/midwives they tend to sit in their offices, waiting to retire.

    And of course the obvious will happen if your face (or mouth) does not fit ...

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