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LETTERS

'The purpose of fitness to practise is to protect the public by maintaining the integrity of the professional register'

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Joint letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the professional bodies/trade unions about the importance of engaging early with the fitness to practise process

Dear Sir/Madam,

For most, the mere thought of being referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for investigation is enough to cause anxiety, especially without representation. Early engagement and representation can ensure the process runs smoothly and bring the case to a conclusion more quickly.

The purpose of fitness to practise is to protect the public by maintaining the integrity of the professional register. The NMC and professional representative bodies agree that there are benefits of early engagement by nurses and midwives in fitness to practise proceedings. Actively contributing to the process and demonstrating learning, remediation and reflection will likely assist in reducing the stress of the situation and can also result in a better and timelier outcome.

The websites of the unions are a good source of information, and the NMC’s website provides extensive information on the fitness to practise process and guidance notes for those whose fitness to practise is being investigated.

Nursing and Midwifery Council
Sarah Page
Director Fitness to Practise

Royal College of Midwives
Cathy Warwick
Chief Executive

Unison
Alan Hughes
Head of Professional Services Unit

Royal College of Nursing
Janet Davies
Director of Nursing and Service Delivery

Unite the Union
Jane Beach
Professional Officer Regulation (Health Sector)

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  • This is pure rubbish, I engaged with the process and it still took two years to resolve.

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