When you answer questions, try to be factual, accurate and objective. Where possible you should provide supporting evidence, i.e. times and dates, witnesses or records.
If you cannot remember the event or incident say that you cannot. Do not be rushed into speaking.
Think carefully about your responses and ask for a break if you need it. If you feel a further meeting is necessary for you to provide any supporting evidence or information, request a postponement.
Ask for a copy of the notes or minutes of the meeting so you can review the content for accuracy. You should always seek RCN advice if you have concerns about the content's accuracy.
Do not feel pressurised into signing notes at the meeting itself. Most minutes or notes are not verbatim (word for word). Any amendments or changes should be agreed and only sign the final version once you are happy with the accuracy of the content.
If you are asked to discuss issues you were not informed about - or you feel uncomfortable about what is being asked - then request that the meeting be adjourned until you can obtain further advice. Any agreement will be made at the investigating officer's discretion.
The role of the investigating officer is to make recommendations about whether there is a case to answer and whether a disciplinary hearing is required.
Formal sanctions (like a verbal or written warning) cannot be imposed at in investigatory meeting.
You cannot be forced to give evidence or a statement if it criminally implicates you.