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NMC to examine impact of fitness to practise hearings

Action is promised by regulator after a Nursing Standard investigation reveals nurses accused of misconduct can suffer a mental health crisis
Jemima Reynolds

A project to understand the impact of fitness to practise (FtP) investigations on nurses’ mental health is about to get under way at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The nursing regulator says it is committed to undertaking work to ‘better understand’ the link between mental health and the investigation process.

Jemima Reynolds has set up a support group for nurses. Photo: David Gee

The commitment followed a Nursing Standard story highlighting that the RCN counselling service had supported more than 100 nurses facing FtP investigations in the past year. Many of those nurses were reported to be feeling suicidal.

The NMC said it will be establishing the work’s terms of reference and project lead ‘in the coming weeks’, but declined to give any further information, other than that it was likely it would continue into next year.

‘We expect identifying mental health issues with registrants

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