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FInal panel decision: Should a former nurse struck off for failings which led to a patient’s death be granted a restoration?

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Decision on the application for restoration

The panel allowed the application with a conditions of practice order and subject to Nurse A’s successful completion of a Nursing and Midwifery Council-validated Return to Practice Programme.

The panel noted that Nurse A instigated the restoration application process. It was of the view that he demonstrated insight into the impact of his failings on Patient A and his family, as well as the importance of engagement with local and regulatory proceedings.

The panel had regard in particular to the three references provided by Nurse A, each of which spoke highly of his character and were made with full knowledge of these proceedings. The panel also took account of his oral submissions and his expressed wish to ‘give something back’ through continuation of your nursing career. 

The panel considered that, although his past behaviour resulted in a risk of serious harm to patients and undermined public confidence in the profession, a conditions of practice order would protect the public and would also maintain public confidence in the profession. The panel was satisfied that Nurse A was unlikely to repeat his past actions in the future.

Upon restoration of his name to the register, his registration will be subject to a conditions of practice order in the following terms, including:

  1. Nurse A must place himself and remain under the supervision of a workplace line manager, mentor or supervisor nominated by his employer;
  2. He must work with your line manager, mentor or supervisor to create a personal development plan;
  3. Meet with his line manager, mentor or supervisor at least every month to discuss the standard of his performance;
  4. He must produce a written reflective statement addressing his previous failings and his subsequent progress in addressing these;
  5. He must inform the NMC of any professional investigation started against him.
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