Not all cases need to progress to a full, lengthy hearing. There are several ways that we can close a case at the end of an investigation with a shorter hearing, or, sometimes, with no hearing at all.

Voluntary removal

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates who have been investigated can apply to be removed from the register without the need for a full hearing. This is called voluntary removal. Once you have been removed from the register, you can't practice as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate.

Voluntary removal might apply to someone who admits the allegations against them and who doesn't want to continue practising. This is likely to be someone who is no longer fit to practise because of a serious or long-term health condition or someone who has not committed serious misconduct.

If you're not subject to a fitness to practise investigation and want to leave the register, you can apply to lapse their registration.

Applying for voluntary removal

You can submit an application for voluntary removal at any point during the fitness to practise process, but we won't consider any applications until we have finished a full investigation into the allegation.

You'll also need to complete an application form for voluntary removal. We will make decisions on applications for voluntary removal based on clear guidance and criteria.

If we become aware of concerns about someone who has previously been granted voluntary removal, we keep a record of the concern. This information will help the Registrar to decide whether the nurse, midwife or nursing associate is capable of safe and effective practice if they choose to apply for readmission to the register.

Consensual panel determination

This is suitable for nurses, midwives or nursing associates who admit the charges against them and that their fitness to practise is impaired. They will need to agree to a sanction provisionally.

If you've been investigated, you can agree on a provisional sanction (restriction on your practice) with us. Consensual panel determination reduces the length of the hearing and the need for witnesses to attend.

The agreement will be put before a Fitness to Practise Committee panel, who will decide to agree to it or reject it. The panel might vary the provisional agreement with the consent of both parties. If rejected, the case will be put before a new panel, which will conduct a full hearing to decide on the best outcome.