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Does the employer know?

In most cases, it is best to raise concerns with the employer first because they can resolve issues quickly and fairly without the need for our involvement. If the employer decides to refer the case to us, they can send us all the information from their investigation, which will speed up the process.

If you have concerns about reporting to the employer for any reason, and the nurse or midwife potentially poses a threat to patient safety, matters should be reported directly to us.

Act quickly

If you do have concerns, these should be raised as soon as possible. There is no time limit, but the longer ago an incident took place, the more difficult it is for us to investigate.

In some serious cases, it may be necessary to act quickly to stop the nurse or midwife from working or restrict their practice until the case has finished.

If the nurse or midwife is a serious risk to the public or themselves, you should make a referral to us as well as raise concerns with the employer.

For employers

Our Employer Link Service provides advice and guidance for employers thinking of making a referral to the NMC because of a concern about a nurse or midwife's fitness to practise.

Find out more about our Employer Link Service.

If you have read the above information and would still like to make a referral please continue to the next step.