NMC consults on rule changes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of processes

Published on 17 April 2014

Proposals include changes to Registration panels and use of Case Examiners

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today launched a consultation on proposed changes to its Fitness to Practise (FtP) Rules and the Education, Registration and Registration Appeals Rules which would help start the process of “sweeping away its inflexible and outdated decision making processes” . 

The need for changes to the NMC’s legislation has previously been endorsed by the Prime Minister and these proposals would start that process. The proposed changes would introduce Case Examiners,  give the NMC the ability to review “no case to answer” decisions as part of the FtP process, change the composition of registration appeal panels and allow the NMC to request and verify registration information.

Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, Jackie Smith said:

“The proposed changes to our rules will help us towards fulfilling our ambition of becoming a more efficient and effective regulator while ensuring the protection of the public.

“The introduction of Case Examiners and the changes to the composition of registration appeal panels would enable us to speed up key processes that impact on registrants.

“These proposals would also allow us to review ‘no case to answer decisions’ made early on in the FtP process. This change is important to ensure the protection of the public and would bring us in line with other healthcare regulators”.

Each proposed change has a corresponding proposed amendment to the Nursing and Midwifery Order that will enable the rule change to be implemented. The proposed changes to the Order are contained in the Department of Health consultation, which is running in parallel to the NMC’s consultation.

The Department of Health consultation also consults on clarifying the ability of the NMC to make striking off orders in health and lack of competence cases.

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