Concerns you should refer to us

Last Updated 10/01/2020


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Referring someone to their professional regulator is a significant step. When deciding whether to make a referral, you'll need to think about the types of allegations that we consider:

  • allegations that a nurse, midwife or nursing associate has fraudulently or incorrectly joined our register. Or allegations about fitness to practise based on:
    • misconduct
    • lack of competence
    • criminal convictions and cautions;
    • health problems that impair the abililty to practise safely
    • not having the necessary knowledge of English
    • determinations by other health or social care organisations.

Important things to remember about Fitness to practise

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Bear in mind that our fitness to practise process is about managing any risk that a nurse, midwife or nursing associate poses to members of the public in the future. It isn't about punishing people for past events.

We may not need to take regulatory action for a clinical mistake if there's no longer a risk to members of the public and the person has been open about what went wrong and can demonstrate they've learned from it.

After reading through this resource, you may find it would still be helpful to talk to us about whether a referral is necessary. You can call our advice line to talk to one of our experienced regulation advisers. 

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