What decisions can case examiners make?

Reference: CAS-1b

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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Case examiners consider the available evidence after our investigation into the concerns against a nurse or midwife has finished. A nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise may be impaired because of any of the reasons set out in our governing legislation.

The case examiners’ role is to decide first whether there is a case to answer, and second, which of the outcomes available under our rules should apply. After they have considered the evidence about a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise, case examiners may decide:

  • there is no case to answer, and the case should be closed
  • there is no case to answer, and the nurse or midwife should be given advice
  • there is no case to answer, and the nurse or midwife should be issued with a warning
  • there is a case to answer, and recommend undertakings that should be agreed with the nurse or midwife, or
  • there is a case to answer and the case should be referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee for a hearing or meeting.

Case examiners may also, where appropriate:

  • recommend that further investigation is needed before they can decide whether or not there is a case to answer, or
  • direct that the case should be referred to the Fitness to Practise Committee to consider whether an interim order should be imposed.