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Appeals

How to appeal against the outcome of a hearing

If you want to appeal against the outcome of a hearing, you have to do this within 28 days, starting from the day after the date on the letter informing you of the outcome of the hearing. 

You can appeal against the outcome of a hearing to:

  • The High Court of Justice in England and Wales
  • The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland
  • Court of Session in Scotland.

After the appeal hearing, the court will decide whether the decision was correct. Witnesses do not have to attend these hearings and the public can attend.

Professional Standards Authority

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has the power to appeal against a decision made by us on the grounds that it is 'not sufficient for the protection of the public', which is to be decided by considering whether the decision is sufficient to:

  • protect the health, safety and well-being of the public
  • maintain public confidence in the nursing, midwifery and nursing associate professions
  • maintain proper professional standards and conduct for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

This is in line with Section 29 of the National Health Service Reforms and Healthcare Professions Act 2002.

The PSA routinely reviews all our fitness to practise decisions along with those of other healthcare regulators.