Nurses and midwives who admit fault may be able to voluntarily accept a sanction to escape a full fitness to practise (FTP) hearing.
Regulatory body the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched a 12-week consultation on whether to create a ‘consensual disposal process’ to improve the efficiency of its FTP hearings.
If nurses and midwives agree their FTP is impaired and admit the stated facts once a case has been brought against them, they could remove the need for a full hearing in front of a FTP panel.
Such a move is expected to save time and costs by minimising the number of FTP hearing days.
“The NMC is absolutely focused on making sure we carry out our fitness to practise functions in a way that is effective, fair, and above all in the public interest,” said Jackie Smith, Acting Chief Executive of the NMC.
“If these proposals go ahead we anticipate being able to save time and costs by minimising the number of hearing days. Each hearing day costs several thousand pounds so these proposals would bring much needed efficiencies to the fitness to practise process.”