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Meetings and hearings

Reference: FTP-9

Last Updated 31/08/2018

The Fitness to Practise Committee holds meetings and hearings to consider fitness to practise matters.

About the committee

The committee is a three person panel, one of whom is a nurse or a midwife. The panel can hear matters at a meeting or a hearing, and has the same powers whether the matter is considered at a hearing or a meeting.

Find out who sits on our panels.

Dealing with cases at meetings and hearings

Once the case examiners have sent a case to be dealt with by a committee, we’ll write to the nurse or midwife and give them 28 days to tell us if they would like their case to be dealt with at a hearing or a meeting.

We’ll arrange for the case to be heard at a meeting if the nurse or midwife requests this, or if they don’t tell us what they would prefer, or has no contact with us.

We’ll only arrange for a case to be heard at a hearing if a nurse or midwife has asked for one, or if we think there is a ‘material dispute’. A material dispute is a disagreement between us and the nurse or midwife about an important issue in the case.

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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