2017 University of Greenwich research
In 2017 we published research into disproportionate outcomes for some nurses and midwives. This report examined disproportionality in the progress and outcomes offrom ethnic minority backgrounds in relation to fitness to practise (FtP), from the point of referral to the point of case closure, across the UK.
The report, and subsequent data published in our annual EDI reports, have shown that there are differences both in risk of referral to the NMC, and in FtP outcomes, for nurses and midwives from particular groups, such as those from different age and ethnic groups.
We’ve used this knowledge to develop new ways of working in our fitness to practise processes.
We’re now looking to understand the impact of all our processes on people with protected characteristics, and whether there are differences in how people on our register arrive at, move through and exit our processes.
We want a better understanding of why there are differences, how far these reflect differences in the wider healthcare environment, and what the impact of these are for the professionals on our register.