There are two case examiners per case, one will be a nurse, midwife or nursing associate, and one won't.

It's their job to look at the report produced by the investigation team and decide if you have a case to answer.

They also decide what happens to the case. For example, if they decide you have no case to answer, they can still issue a warning or offer advice.

Possible outcomes

No case to answer

If the case examiners decide you don't have a case to answer, they'll be no further action, and the case will be closed.

Case examiners might choose to give you advice which will be private and won't be put onto the public register.

They can also choose to give you a warning. These are made public and put onto our register and last for 12 months.

A case to answer

If case examiners decide there is a case to answer, they can recommend undertakings which are made public.

Undertakings are things a nurse, midwife or nursing associate must do, for example, extra training. Undertakings are looked at by case examiners to make sure the nurse, midwife or nursing associate has done what they said they would.

Case examiners might also decide that your case needs to be looked at by a fitness to practise panel at a meeting or hearing.