Status of allegations after cancelling a hearing

Reference: HEA-9b

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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Cancelling a hearing does not necessarily mean that there will never be a hearing, because the Fitness to Practice Committee has not made any findings on the facts of the allegation.1

Therefore, if a nurse or midwife is readmitted to the register after their registration has been allowed to lapse, or if there is new evidence that remedies the previous deficiencies in the evidence, we may reopen the allegation.

This will be made clear to the nurse or midwife before any decision is made to cancel a hearing.

As a decision to cancel a decision is not a final determination, any interim order in place will have to be removed by a Panel before the nurse or midwife’s registration can lapse.

1 Article 29 (3) of The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 and Rule 6C(1) of the Nursing and Midwifery (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004