Long-awaited changes expected to speed up fitness to practise cases
Reforms that give more powers to case examiners and the option of agreeing ‘undertakings’ with a registrant come into effect on 28 July
Changes to fitness to practise (FtP) referral processes for nurses and midwives, aimed at speeding up the system, come into legal effect on 28 July.
Reforms include giving more powers to case examiners, who decide whether there is a case to answer, to reduce the number of cases that reach full hearings.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has faced fierce criticism in the past over the time and cost taken up by its FtP cases.
new referrals were made to the NMC in 2016-17, a rise of 1% on the 5,415 received in