NMC to examine impact of fitness to practise hearings
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...
Want to read more?
Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today
Save over 50% on your first three months:
- Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
- Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Mental Health Practice
- RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
- NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
- Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests