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Modernising fitness to practise - Changes to the Fitness to Practise Rules 2004

We have now published our consultation report on changes to fitness to practice processes

Consultation report - Modernising Fitness to Practise

We have now published our consultation report on changes to fitness to practice processes.

NMC Consultation report - Modernising Fitness to Practise

Background

The NMC has been pressing for significant changes to our fitness to practise legislation for several years, as our existing framework is out of date and costly.

We have been working closely with the Department of Health on proposals to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our fitness to practise processes while ensuring we maintain public protection. 

On 21 April 2016 the Department of Health consulted on proposed changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001. The Order is supported by a series of rules which detail how we will carry out our functions.

About this consultation

The NMC was seeking views on proposed changes to our fitness to practise legislation which will give case examiners additional powers to give advice, issue warnings and recommend undertakings. We are also seeking views on our approach to implementing our expanded power to review no case to answer decisions which is linked to advice, warnings and undertakings.

Our consultation document explains how these changes will improve efficiencies to our fitness to practise processes whilst maintaining public protection:

Proposed changes to the Rules are reflected in the amendments to the Fitness to Practise Rules 2004.

The remaining proposed changes to our fitness to practise legislation do not require substantive amendments to the Fitness to Practise Rules and therefore we are not seeking views on these changes within this consultation.