The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will continue with virtual fitness to practise hearing beyond Covid-19.

We previously reported that the NMC were putting a number of proposals to its council to make permanent certain “emergency” powers it used in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  This included a proposal to continue with virtual fitness to practise hearings beyond Covid-19.

The NMC Council has now approved the permanent use of virtual fitness to practise hearings by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar, previously said:

“In order to continue to regulate effectively throughout the pandemic we had to adapt how we worked.

“Over the last year, we responded quickly by introducing new emergency arrangements.  Our experience has shown that a number of the changes, such as allowing virtual hearings and revalidation extensions, will have lasting benefits beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It would not be appropriate to use these new powers indefinitely without a proper public consultation and I am grateful to everyone who took the time to share their views with us.”

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