The four stages of our screening decision

Reference: SCR-1

Last Updated 12/10/2018

We use a screening process to decide whether a case needs a full investigation. The process consists of four stages.

  1. Are the concerns are serious enough to suggest that the nurse or midwife may not be fit to practise?
  2. Does the case meet our formal requirements?
  3. Will we be able to obtain credible evidence about the concerns?
  4. Can the nurse or midwife show they’ve already remedied any problems in their practice sufficiently so that we can be confident that any risk to patients, along with risk to public trust in nurses and midwives or professional standards, has already been dealt with?

We may not need to go through all the stages in every case.

For example if we decide at the first stage that the facts aren’t serious enough to affect the fitness to practise of the nurse or midwife, we’ll decide at that point that we don’t need to investigate the case. In such a case the second, third or fourth stages would not be applicable.

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