Your case coordinator will be in touch with you to confirm the days you need to attend the hearing.
It’s unlikely you’ll need to be there every day, but you could be needed at any time while the hearing is taking place. You should make sure you’re available at any time while the hearing is taking place.
Getting time off work
If you’re struggling to get time off work, please contact your case coordinator.
Our case coordinators can speak to your employer and explain the importance of our hearings and why you must attend the hearing.
If you can no longer attend once hearing date has been confirmed
Ideally you shouldn’t make plans on the dates you’ve said you’re available. But we know that sometimes unavoidable circumstances happen. If there’s a change to your availability, you should tell your case coordinator as soon as possible.
If you’re ill, you’ll need to send us a medical certificate or a note from your doctor confirming your condition and when you’re likely to be well enough to attend.
If you can’t make the hearing for another reason, you’ll need to send evidence of this too. For example, if you need to travel unexpectedly, you’ll need to send us copies of your travel documents.
We need to see this proof because the person presenting the case on behalf of the NMC can decide to apply to postpone the hearing. If they do this, they’ll need to show evidence of why you can’t attend the hearing.
If you’re unwell on the day of the hearing
You’ll need to contact your case coordinator as soon as possible so they can let the panel know.
If you’re unwell on the day of the hearing, you’ll need to provide us with a medical certificate or note from your doctor confirming your condition and when you’re likely to be well enough to attend.
Discussing the hearing you’re attending
While we ask you not talk about your evidence to anyone else, it can be helpful to discuss your experience of the hearing.
We’d suggest letting a family member, friend or colleague know that you’re giving evidence and arranging a time afterwards to chat about your experience.