Figures released today show dramatic improvements in the numbers of Interim Orders (IOs) imposed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Interim orders, which prevent a nurse or midwife from practicing while an NMC investigation is underway were being imposed within 28 days in 94% of cases, NMC data shows.
NMC’s key performance indicator states that IOs should be in place within 28 days in at least 80% of cases.
Sarah Page, NMC director of fitness to practice said: “Imposing Interim Orders is one of the ways that we demonstrate that we are effective in protecting the public and this key improvement within our fitness to practise directorate is a credit to our staff and shows that we are on the right track to becoming an efficient and effective regulator.”
Interim orders are only imposed in those cases where a risk to the public or a risk to the registrants own safety is identified.