Deciding on incorrect or fraudulent entry

Reference: HEA-16

Last Updated 12/10/2018

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When it considers an allegation of incorrect or fraudulent entry1, the Investigating Committee’s focus is on deciding whether it is more likely than not that our registration, renewal or readmission decision was made based on information that was incorrect or fraudulent.

The Investigating Committee will assess how the nurse or midwife was accepted onto, or remained on our register, in the first place, rather than assessing their current practice.

In doing this, it considers whether the information about the person’s character, qualifications, practice hours or other entry requirements was correct at the time it was submitted.

Because the Committee’s focus is the validity of the original registration, renewal or readmission decision, evidence about the person’s current work or ability to provide care is unlikely to be relevant.

When making these decisions, the Investigating Committee should consider the guidance about incorrect or fraudulent entry allegations.

1 Rule 5 of The Nursing and Midwifery Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004 (‘the Rules’) sets out the procedure to be followed.