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New nurse performance management guidance aims to reduce immediate FTP action

The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed new performance management guidance that should reduce immediate referrals to the regulator.

New Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance, Managing Concerns: A Resource for Employers, says employers should only seek regulatory involvement from the NMC when necessary and should first act to investigate, manage and resolve concerns locally. 

The NMC has recently reviewed its fitness to practise policy and made improvements to help promote a just culture that’s free from blame and encourages health and social care professionals to be open and learn from mistakes.   

The performance management guidance also hopes to help employers to address the over-representation of nurses and midwives from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds within the fitness to practice process.

RCN Head of Legal Services (Regulatory) Roz Hooper said: “A referral to the NMC is hugely distressing for registrants and should not be used by employers unless it is the only way to protect the public.

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