Help for HVs facing fitness-to-practise proceedings

06 December 2019

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates involved in fitness-to-practise (FtP) proceedings can now access a new, free and confidential support service.

The 12-month Careline pilot, introduced by the NMC, is operated by an independent provider, and provides support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from specially trained counsellors who can be accessed via freephone, LiveChat or email.

While NMC staff will remain the direct point of contact for all case-specific enquiries, Careline offers advice on general concerns, as well as signposting professionals to health and wellbeing services.

Jane Beach, lead professional officer for regulation at Unite, said: ‘The fact the NMC acknowledges that the FtP processes also have a negative impact on registrants is a move in the right direction, and we will be interested to see the results of the pilot.’

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