Fitness to practise referral: case study
This revalidation case study looks at Jayne, a midwife, who has been referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council over her fitness to practise.
Profile: Jayne works as a midwife along with several others including her manager, who is also a midwife. She has appraisals and meets her supervisor of midwives yearly. She has always renewed successfully since 2002 and kept a full portfolio of her practice experience and hours, and her extensive continuing professional development (CPD). However, just before her revalidation is due and she is about to get confirmation, she is referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) over fitness to practise by a patient. The NMC has not issued an interim order or put any other conditions in place and Jayne is sure once the matter is fully investigated there will be no case to answer.
Jayne wants to know:
Who is going to sign off that she is fit to practise when she has been referred to the NMC?
Confirmation could come from her manager who is also a midwife or her supervisor of midwives. The fact she has received a referral to the NMC does not stop her from getting confirmation from the people responsible for her practice and those working with her (employer advice will be given). A fitness to practise referral which has not resulted in an interim order will not prevent a nurse or midwife from revalidating.
Jayne should be gathering and reflecting on feedback throughout the three-year renewal period. Jayne will be expected to discuss her feedback (including the negative feedback which resulted in the fitness to practise referral) during her appraisal/confirmation conversation.