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Fairness in FtP: how to deal with concerns and get referrals right

NMC guide sets out when to refer and when to address concerns in-house, and why it matters

NMC guide sets out when to refer and when to address concerns at a local level, and why it matters to registrants and the wider profession

  • Referrals to the regulator are rising, but more than half of all cases do not progress past the early stages of investigation
  • The NMC guide is intended to support managers to deal with performance issues at local level and eliminate bias and discrimination in the referrals process
  • By helping employers to investigate concerns and promote learning, rather than blame, the guide will ultimately reduce the emotional toll of FtP on registrants, says regulator

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