How do we make the decision to join allegations?

Reference: HEA-4b

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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Considering allegations together allows us to be a more effective regulator. It allows panels to consider the wider context of allegations. Holding only one hearing reduces hearing times and helps witnesses by not requiring them to attend multiple hearings. We will always consider whether there is a risk of adversely affecting the fairness of the proceedings from hearing allegations together.

If we consider that it is necessary for matters to be dealt with together we will tell the nurses or midwives and give them the opportunity to object to the allegations being dealt with together. Where we seek to join together allegations against more than one nurse or midwife, we will give them information about the other person’s case, such as the charge and a list of witness statements or exhibits. This is to help them understand why we say the allegations should be heard together.

If we receive no objections, the matters will be joined and we will arrange a joint hearing. If the nurse or midwife objects, we will arrange for a preliminary meeting so that a Chair can make the final decision on whether the matters should be joined.