The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is an organisation set up to protect the public. If an allegation is made about a nurse or midwife they will investigate whether that individual’s ‘fitness to practise’ is impaired. The NMC can consider referrals from a number of different sources including patients, members of the public, the police and employers. If the referral is inappropriate it can be closed at initial screening phase.
The following publications, available on the NMC website, provide further information:
- Raising and escalating concerns: guidance for nurses and midwives
- Advice and information for employers of nurses and midwives
- The Code
The NMC’s investigation process
The NMC investigate various allegations including:
- lack of competence
- not having the necessary knowledge of English
- criminal behaviour
- serious ill health.
The NMC's investigation process is detailed on the NMC website. You can also take a virtual tour of one of their hearing centres.