NMC Interim Orders—the hearing
Produced in partnership with John Donnelly and Sam Shurey of 2 Bedford Row
NMC Interim Orders—the hearing

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 Interim Orders—the hearing
  • Preliminary matters
  • The hearing
  • The decision
  • Interim Order reviews

NMC Interim Orders—the hearing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Emergency Procedures)(Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2020, SI 2020/364, among other amendments, temporarily amends the rules relating to the management of notices, hearings and meetings in fitness to practice and registration appeals hearings to enable panel events to take place by video-conferencing, audio-link and telephone. We are reviewing our content on the basis of information available and will keep it under regular review. Meanwhile, for updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

When considering interim orders, the panel should have in mind each of the three options available to them namely, no order, conditions of practice, or suspension—see Practice Note: NMC Interim Orders which sets out the position on interim orders prior to and following substantive hearings.

Preliminary matters

There are three potential matters to be considered prior to the commencement of any hearing, namely:

  1. proof of notice of hearing

  2. proceeding in absence of the registrant

  3. consideration of the merits of any application to adjourn

The hearing

A registrant has the right to attend an Interim Order hearing or review hearing and to be represented. The relevant committee is required to send

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