The NMC announced eight commitments which it will apply when it investigates and considers Fitness to Practise concerns.

It announced on its Twitter account that as part of its commitment to “a just culture”, the NMC are introducing a set of 8 commitments which it will apply whenever it investigates and considers Fitness to Practise concerns.

These commitments are:

  1. We’ll approach cases on the basis that most people referred to us are normally safe
  2. We’ll seek to build an accurate picture about the nurse, midwife or nursing associate’s practising history
  3. We’ll always carefully consider evidence of discrimination, victimisation, bullying or harassment
  4. Where risks are caused by system and process failures, we’ll concentrate on the action we can take to help resolve the underlying issues
  5. In cases where a nurse, midwife or nursing associate was required to use their professional judgement we’ll respond proportionately
  6. We’ll look for evidence of remediation where a serious concern was caused by a gap in knowledge or training or personal context factors
  7. We’ll always look into whether group norms or culture influenced an individual’s behaviour before taking action
  8. Where an incident has occurred because of cultural problems, we’ll concentrate on taking action to minimise the risk of the same thing happening again

The NMC said “We don’t seek to blame individuals or the system they work in” but that any decision to take action will “always involve trying to understand the particular circumstances they were working in at the time.”

“This means we need to look beyond the actions of an individual and understand the role of other people, the culture and environment they were working in when something went wrong. Only then can we identify what needs to happen to keep people safe in the future – even if we’re not the ones who can take that action.”

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