Are you looking for NMC representation? Nurses and midwives have highly responsible roles and are required to adhere at all times to the rigorous NMC Code of Conduct. Sometimes, despite their best efforts allegations against their professionalism are made to the NMC, either by patients or by their employers. When these allegations are made a series of events are triggered which can place their careers in jeopardy. If you are in this situation, you don’t need to face the Nursing and Midwifery Council alone – engage our dedicated nursing law barristers.
The role of the NMC
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the regulator for nurses and midwives for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands and was established under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, coming into being on 1 April 2002. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004 (SI:2004/1761) set out a set of standards that nurses and midwives must adhere to. Measuring up to “Fitness to Practise” standards is essential for nurses and midwives in order for them to be considered suitable to be on the NMC register without restrictions. If an allegation is made that a given nurse or midwife does not measure up to the required standards, the NMC will then begin an investigation, and, where necessary, take action to safeguard the health and well being of the public.
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Allegations and actions against nurses and midwives
Following on from an allegation around the ‘fitness to practise’ or a particular nurse or midwife, the NMC proceed will investigate the matter to determine whether there is, in fact, a case to answer. The Nursing and Midwifery Council may then go on to impose an interim suspension order. This order removes the nurse or midwife from the Nursing and Midwifery Register pending the outcome of the case. In order for an interim suspension order to be obtained, the NMC must first persuade the Panel that the Order is necessary for the protection of the public, and is in the public interest and the interest of the Registrant.
A Nurse or Midwife facing the prospect of an interim suspension order can oppose the granting of the order. If the NMC, in its investigation process, determines that there is a case to answer, the Registrant may ultimately face a Conduct and Competence Hearing. This hearing is convened in order to determine whether the alleged misconduct is proven and if so, whether this impacts upon the Registrants ‘Fitness to Practise’.
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