No further action

Reference: SAN-4a

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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Having made a finding of impairment of fitness to practise, the Fitness to Practise Committee may decide to take no further action. However, by finding that the nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise to be currently impaired, it will have decided that there is either a continuing risk to patients, or the nurse or midwife’s failures bring the professions into disrepute, or they have breached one of the fundamental tenets of the professions.1

For this reason, the Fitness to Practise Committee will generally need to take action to secure patient safety, to secure public trust and confidence in the profession, or to declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and behaviour.

Before taking no further action, there would need to be cogent evidence for any factors taken into consideration. The Fitness to Practise Committee will set out very clearly the reasons why it considered it appropriate to take no further action (notwithstanding that the nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise is currently impaired) and carefully identify the circumstances which would justify the decision.

1 CHRE v (1) NMC and (2) Paula Grant [2011] EWHC 927 (Admin)