The Three Stages of our Screening Decision

Reference: SCR-1a

Last Updated 10/05/2021

We use a screening process to help us decide if a concern about a nurse, midwife or nursing associate’s practice needs to be referred to the Case Examiners or the Fitness to Practise Committee.

The process consists of three stages.

  1. Do we have a written concern about a nurse, midwife or nursing associate on our register?
  2. Is there evidence of a serious concern that could require us to take regulatory action to protect the public?
  3. Is there clear evidence to show that the nurse, midwife or nursing associate is currently fit to practise?

This guidance is intended to be used flexibly to help us reach the right decision quickly and fairly. Although in most cases we’ll go through the three stages in the order set out above, we may change the order of the stages or miss out a stage entirely if we don’t need to consider it to reach the right decision.

For example, if an allegation could never amount to a serious concern (such as where an individual has received a fixed penalty notice for a parking offence), we won’t spend our time and resources trying to establish whether the individual referred is on our register.

However, we’ll always need to check the individual is on our register to make sure there haven’t been any similar concerns raised with us in the past if a concern could create a risk to the public.

The guidance in our library, needs to be read alongside our NMC Guidance during the Covid-19 emergency period. We have new rules that are in force during the period of  the coronavirus emergency that are relevant to how it applies.

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