How nurses or midwives can appeal against the outcome of a hearing

If a nurse or midwife wants to appeal against the outcome of their hearing, they have to do this within 28 days, starting from the day after the date on the letter informing the nurse or midwife of the outcome of the hearing. 

The nurse or midwife 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 and midwifery professions
  • maintain proper professional standards and conduct for nurses and midwives.

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.