How our role in investigating and dealing with complaints is different from that of employers
Our role and employers’ responsibilities
The responsibility for dealing with lack of competence is shared between employers, the NMC, and individual nurses and midwives. We each have a duty to ensure that employees are competent and remain competent.
To protect the health and wellbeing of the public, employers should follow certain procedures during the recruitment process and throughout a nurse or midwife’s employment.
Our role is not to punish people for misdemeanours.
We are here to protect the public from nurses and midwives whose fitness to practise is impaired, and whose situation cannot be managed locally. We are the only body which has powers to stop nurses and midwives practising if they present a risk to the public.
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