497. Powers of appeal panels.

An appeal panel1 or the chair2 may hold a preliminary meeting in private with the parties, their representatives3 and any other person it or he considers appropriate if such a meeting would, in their opinion, assist the panel to perform its functions4.

An appeal panel may determine an appeal5 without an oral hearing on the basis of any documents provided by the appellant6 where: (1) the appellant indicates7 that he does not wish to attend or be represented at the hearing, or the Nursing and Midwifery Council8 does not receive a reply, within the specified time9, from the appellant whether