Case examiners can give advice, issue warnings and recommend undertakings in less serious cases without the need to hold a full hearing.
Undertakings involve putting in place agreed measures to address the areas of practice which cause a current clinical risk to patients.
Undertakings include steps a nurse, midwife or nursing associate should take within defined time periods to demonstrate they're addressing the concern. If undertakings are agreed, they will be published against the nurse, midwife or nursing associate's entry on our register with a summary of the regulatory concern (except in cases relating to health).
Warnings involve a public marking (on our register) of serious concerns about a nurse, midwife or nursing associate.
Warnings are only appropriate where the nurse, midwife or nursing associate shows insight, addressed or put the right the concern, and there is no risk to patients. Warnings are published for 12 months on the nurse, midwife or nursing associate's online entry on our register, including a summary of the regulatory concern.
We can give out private guidance to a nurse, midwife or nursing associate to help them keep their practice safe following a minor breach of the Code.
Advice is only suitable where the concern is not serious enough to call into question the nurse, midwife or nursing associate's fitness to practise, and will happen if a nurse, midwife or nursing associate acknowledges the concern. This advice is not made public at any point.
More detailed information about the ways that we can close cases is available in our fitness to practise guidance library.