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NMC Agrees to Allow Nurses to Remove Themselves From Register

By Stephen Smith, Employment Solicitor

NEW rules mean nurses facing proceedings on their fitness to practice can agree to give up the profession instead.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have agreed to revamp their procedures to allow members to remove themselves from the national register. By doing so, they will avoid a full hearing.

This option is already available to doctors facing General Medical Council proceedings.

However, the NMC has indicated that the practice – known as consensual disposal – would mainly be allowed in cases where the registrant’s health was the reason for the impairment to their fitness to practise.

Where the allegation relates to a lack of a competence, voluntary removal was only likely to be allowed if the nurse or midwife accepted their fitness to practise was impaired, had already ceased practising and had no intention to return to practice.

However, in cases of alleged misconduct voluntary removal was only likely to be used in “exceptional” cases, the NMC has said.

*The Glasgow Law Practice represents registrants before the NMC’s Fitness to Practice proceedings and can offer advice on representation. For a free initial consultation, contact