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Raising concerns

Statements, investigations and discipline

When you're involved in a workplace investigation, you'll need to know your rights.

You'll also need to prepare well, and understand what support we can give.

Our advice can help you.  


Your employer may ask you to write a statement to help them investigate an incident. Our statement writing guide tells you how, and provides some templates that you can use to write your statement.

If your conduct or practice is being questioned, then - provided you were a member at the time of the incident - we will check your statement before you submit it. Please contact us.

If you are purely a witness, and you are sure that your conduct or practice is not being questioned, write the statement by following our guidance and hand it in - we don't need to check it for you.

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Investigations and suspension

An investigation meeting is a fact-finding exercise - it is not held to discipline you.
Read our investigations advice guide for practical advice on how to prepare for, and conduct yourself during, the meeting. Read your employer's disciplinary policy too, and contact us for advice and support.  
If you have been suspended from work, remember that suspension is ordinarily considered a neutral act and does not imply guilt. However, we understand how distressing this is and we can support you. Contact us without delay.

Disciplinary hearings

If you are implicated in a disciplinary matter, contact us - we're available 7 days a week. If you were in the correct category of membership at the time of the incident that led to the hearing, we can help you prepare your case. 

Read your employer's disciplinary policy. Also read our discipline guide for an overview of the process from investigation to employment tribunal. 

Find out what you can do if you were not in membership at the time of the incident. 

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NMC Referral

We recognise that being referred to the NMC can be distressing and isolating. Being referred can also lead to other issues with finances, relationships and maintaining your professional registration. Read our guidance about the NMC Fitness to practice process for practical information on what to expect and what RCN services are available to support you.

Find out what you can do if you were  not in membership at the time of the incident. 

If you're thinking of applying for a different job following an investigation, sanction, dismissal, or NMC referral, we have some practical advice on how to approach this.

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