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.