Case examiners can give advice, issue warnings and recommend undertakings in some cases without the need to hold a full hearing.
We can give 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 isn't serious enough to affect their fitness to practise and will only be given if a nurse, midwife or nursing associate accepts the concern.
This advice isn't made public at any point.
Warnings involve publicly recording that there’s been a serious concern against the nurse, midwife, or nursing associate’s entry on our register.
Warnings are only appropriate where the nurse, midwife or nursing associate shows insight, has addressed or put the concern right, and there's no risk to patients.
Warnings are published for 12 months on the nurse, midwife or nursing associate's entry on our register, and will include a summary of the regulatory concern.
Undertakings are measures that are put into place to address the areas of practice that cause a current risk to patients, and usually means the case is not taken to the hearing stage.
Case examiners will agree a set of measures with the nurse, midwife or nursing associate allowing them to work on the areas of their clinical practice which cause concern. This lets them demonstrate that there’s no longer a need to restrict their practice, because they no longer present any risk to patients.
If undertakings are agreed, they're published against the nurse, midwife or nursing associate's entry on our register with a summary of the concern (except in cases relating to a health concern).
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