Consensual panel determination

Reference: HEA-8

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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We use consensual panel determination to resolve cases by agreement or ‘consent’. It avoids unnecessary full hearings and means that witnesses do not have to attend. It also means that cases are concluded quicker.

When a nurse or midwife indicates that they would like to resolve their case by consent, they must accept the facts of the allegation and that their fitness to practise is impaired. We will then agree what the appropriate level of sanction is with the nurse or midwife.

If we are able to agree on the sanction, we will then prepare a provisional written agreement. The agreement will set out the agreed facts, impairment and sanction. It is signed by us and the nurse or midwife. We will then list the case for a hearing or meeting for a panel to consider the agreement. The panel makes the final decision about the outcome of the case.