Consultation on changes to Rules

The consultation closed at 17:00 on Thursday 12 June 2014

We have now presented the findings from our consultation to the Council on 1st October 2014 and would like to thank all those who contributed to our consultation. The Council agreed with our conclusions and we have decided to implement our proposals for changes to our Fitness to Practise and Registration Rules as consulted upon. The document below sets out our conclusions as approved by the Council, and the next steps we will take:

Conclusions on proposed changes to the Fitness to Practise and Registration Rules following consultation 

The Department of Health has separately concluded on the corresponding proposed changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order that would allow changes to our Rules to be taken forward.

Details of the consultation

The NMC, in parallel with the Department of Health, proposed four amendments to the FtP and Registration Rules to enable us to deal with allegations against nurses and midwives more efficiently and effectively. The changes consulted upon were:

  • Introducing Case Examiners into the FtP process;
  • The ability to review “no case to answer” decisions;
  • Changes to the composition of a registration appeal panel; and
  • The ability to request and verify registration information.

Each proposed change has a corresponding proposed amendment to the Nursing and Midwifery Order that will give effect to the proposed Rule changes.

Documents for consultation

Consultation document – Sets out the proposed changes we would like to make and why.

Legal drafting – Sets out the proposed legal amendments to the Fitness to Practise Rules and the Registration Rules that would give effect to the proposed changes set out in the consultation document.

Useful links

The current FtP and Registration Rules.