What is our sanctions guidance?

Reference: SAN-1

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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This guidance is intended to assist panels of our Fitness to Practise Committee when they consider what sanction to impose following a finding that a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise is impaired. It also applies when a panel is reviewing a sanction imposed by a previous panel of the Fitness to Practise Committee.

The purpose of sanctions is to protect the public, as made clear in our overarching objective. The public interest can include the safe return to practice of a nurse or midwife. This will always be weighed against the other public interest which underpin our public protection function. If the Fitness to Practise Committee finds a nurse or midwife’s fitness to be currently impaired, the available sanction outcomes are:

The guidance sets out our approach to the various sanctions. It is not intended to be an alternative source of legal advice. When appropriate, the independent legal assessor will advise the panel on questions of law, including questions about the use of this guidance and the approach it should take. Panels must always have in mind that each case is different and should be decided on its own particular facts.