Analysis

Suicide risk for nurses during fitness to practise process

In the past year, the RCN’s counselling service has supported more than 100 nurses facing fitness to practise investigations by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. According to the college, ‘many’ of these nurses are suicidal

In the past year, the RCN’s counselling service has supported more than 100 nurses facing fitness to practise investigations by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). According to the college, ‘many’ of these nurses are suicidal.

RCN members who turn to the counselling service have typically experienced stress, depression, anxiety or suicidal ideation, and much of the work the counselling service undertakes with them involves NMC proceedings.

RCN counselling service lead Sarah Murphy says: ‘We have counselled many suicidal members going through NMC proceedings.’

It is difficult to determine whether any such nurses harmed or killed themselves while under investigation.

Not recorded

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the NMC said: ‘[We] do not record incidents where a nurse or midwife who is subject to fitness to practise (FtP) proceedings has died before their case has been concluded.’

This means the nurses’ governing

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