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Appeals against panel decisions

Reference: APP-1

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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A nurse or midwife can appeal against the outcome of a final hearing to the court.

In the case of a final substantive order, the nurse or midwife can appeal to:1

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

In the case of an order to amend the register where an entry has been fraudulently procured or incorrectly made, a nurse or midwife can appeal to the county court.2

If the nurse of midwife wants to appeal against an outcome, they have to do so within 28 days, unless the court decides that there are exceptional circumstances to justify extending the time period.3 This 28 day period starts from the day after the date on the letter informing the nurse or midwife of the outcome of the hearing.

1 Articles 29(10), 38(1)(a) and (4) of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 (‘the Order’)
2 Articles 26(13) and 38(1)(b) of the Order
3 R (on the application of) Adesina & Ors v The Nursing  Midwifery Council [2013] EWCA Civ 818