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NMC plans shake-up of support staff


The Nursing and Midwifery Council is planning a shake-up of the support staff it employs for its fitness to practise hearings.

Nursing Times understands that clerks who attend each hearing – known as Council’s Officers – have been asked to reapply for their jobs.

A spokeswoman for the regulator said there would be no reduction in the number of officers as part of the process, and that rather it was a change in their task and job descriptions.

A spokesman for the regulator added that the move would not affect the speed of case progression.

He said: “The NMC is committed to ensuring that all aspects of its fitness to practise hearings continue to work as effectively and efficiently as possible.

“We are carrying out a fundamental review of fitness to practise as part of a programme of strengthening and improving the processes. The Council’s Officer role forms part of that review and we are looking at ways of better supporting our independent panels and the decision-making process.”

He added: “This review does not impact on the progression of a case through to a hearing. We will not comment on employment matters.”

The regulator opened new fitness to practise premises in London in March 2009, with greater capacity for hearings, after years of struggling to deal with a historic backlog of cases.

A report from the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, published in July last year, commended the NMC for “great progress on improving the overall efficiency of its case progression”.

Although it missed a target to conclude 75% of cases within 15 months of receipt by the end of 2009-10, the CHRE said it was “pleased with the improvement shown” in that 66.4% of cases were concluded within that timeframe.


Readers' comments (3)

  • I have been involve in a hearing investigation, inwhich i have been disgusted to how the NMC treats a registered nurse.
    I was on duty when i recieved a phone call from a person in the NMC, who told a complaint had been made against me and had I recieved a pack, when I told them know. their reaction was if I was telling lies, their told me of hearing date and needed to return this pack which I would get in the next few days - no pack was sent - i then telephoned the NMC and explained that i had not recieved this pack, their then told me that the hearing had been postponed.
    I think that is very inappropriate and unprofessional to recieve a telephone call from a NMC person at work whilst on duty, as i recieved this phone call at 11.30am and I then had to give out medication at midday and because the phone call made me anxious and stressed I could of easily made an error. Also the NMC had not even informed my employer of this case been open. I think the NMC need to look closely at it own procedures and the undue stress it causes nurses who have not done anything wrong. I am current waiting to hear from the NMC about the hearing

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  • I am surprised they did not inform you that the hearing had been postponed!!!!!!!

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  • why do the NMC send their reminder for retention fee earlier each year? mine expires at end of October and i received it today right in the middle of my summer holidays but I shall just ignore it until I need it, had time to think about whether i wish to renew my registration and at my own convenience!

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