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:
The NMC investigate various allegations including:
The NMC's investigation process is detailed on the NMC website. You can also take a virtual tour of one of their hearing centres.Back to contents
If you have concerns about the fitness to practise of a colleague you should:
At all stages, ensure that you keep records of your concerns, and any steps you have taken to resolve them, as you may need to refer to them at a later date.Back to contents
If you have received a letter from the NMC, call us for support. You can contact us between 8.30am and 8.30pm, 7 days a week, 365 days per year on 0345 772 6100.
You cannot be investigated by the NMC for fitness to practise if you are no longer registered, but can be investigated if the investigation started before your registration lapsed. Please note, you have an obligation under the NMC Code to inform any employers if your fitness to practise is called into question.Back to contents
There is nothing to prevent nurses or midwives working in support roles if they choose. There are, however, a number of issues to consider including accountability (professional and legal), employment liability (vicarious) and revalidation.
For revalidation, you will need to have achieved a minimum of 450 practice hours over the three year period since your registration was last renewed, or you joined the register. Hours undertaken in any healthcare, nursing or midwifery assistant or support worker roles cannot be counted towards practice hours as a registered nurse or midwife.Back to contents
Page last updated - 19/02/2019