On 03 October 2014 the Council of the Nursing and Midwifery Council approved the following proposed changes to their Fitness to Practise (FtP) Rules and Education, Registration and Registration Appeals Rules:
- Introduction of case examiners who will determine whether a nurse or midwife has a case to answer;
- Introduction of an ability to review no case to answer decisions where the Registrar has reason to believe a decision was materially flawed, or new information may lead to a different decision;
- Changes in the composition of registration appeal panels removing the requirement for the Chair to be a serving member of the Council and removing the use of a registered medical practitioner as a panel member in health cases, and;
- Introduction of a power to request and verify information relating to a professional indemnity arrangements.
It is anticipated the above will take effect from early 2015.