NMC disciplinary process
Produced in partnership with John Donnelly and Sam Shurey of 2 Bedford Row

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with John Donnelly and Sam Shurey of 2 Bedford Row provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • NMC disciplinary process
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Revalidation
  • The requirements:
  • Revalidation timeline
  • Failure to revalidate, non-compliance and appeals
  • Fitness to practise process
  • Four stages to the fitness to practise procedures
  • Referral
  • Criminal proceedings
  • More...

NMC disciplinary process

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulatory body for all nurses and midwives practising in the UK. All nurses and midwives must be registered with the NMC regardless of whether the position is temporary or permanent, paid or voluntary, within the NHS or private.

The NMC's principal function is to set standards of education and training, conduct and performance for nurses and midwives to ensure that the profession maintains those standards. To further this objective, since 31 March 2016, the NMC requires regular self regulation to revalidate compliance with professional obligations (see revalidation below).

The NMC's main objective in exercising its functions is to 'safeguard the health and well-being of persons using or needing the services of registrants'. The NMC is required to have in the exercise of its functions proper regard to the interests of all registrants as well as the interests of those using or needing the services of registrants.

The NMC now has the power to strike off or suspend a nurse or midwife from the register, place restrictions on his practice (conditions of practice), put a note on the register for a period of time (caution), or issue warnings, undertakings or advice. The NMC also has the power to impose an Interim Order until such time as an allegation has been determined. These proceedings are

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