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News & Updates for todays Handling Concerns about Fitness to Practise conference

John Lucarotti speaking on the new NMC strategic direction for fitness to practiseJohn Lucarotti speaking on the new NMC strategic direction for fitness to practise

Fitness to Practise NMC Update: Ensuring patient safety, enabling professionalism, a new strategic direction for fitness to practise
John Lucarotti,
Head of FtP Legislation and Policy, Nursing and Midwifery Council
John Lucarotti was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004. He is an employed barrister with substantial experience of regulatory law, having worked in a number of roles for three of the largest healthcare regulators. He leads on the development of policy and interpretation of legislation within the Fitness to Practise directorate at the NMC.
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John Lucarotti speaking on the new NMC strategic direction for fitness to practise
"- We want to be clear on what we feel employers should be doing
- FtP Strategy needs to be Person Centred,  In the past cases have been reflected too much as 'things', now trying to make it person-centred, not easy and our legislation doesn't help but that's the aim
- Our formal consultations produced 821 individual responses which is a huge number compared to others
- Our consultation responses showed that people are very supportive of what we were trying to do with Fitness to Practise
- No one aims for a 'blame culture' but the NMC are trying to make sure that it is clear that fitness to practise is not being used to punish
- John focused on the NMC fitness to practise 12 Policy Principles (slide 8), stating that it summarises exactly what we are trying to do.
- We need to understand an individual's actions against another individual and be better in this area
- Principle number 7 is a massive shift for the NMC.  In the past we have always got involved, but we may not need to take regulatory action if there is no longer a risk to patient safety.
- We know that there is clearly work to be done to increase confidence in the NMC as a regulator"


A personal journey through a nursing performance investigation
Cathryn Watters, Founder - NMCWatch:registrant care

Cathryn Watters, talking about a nursing performance investigation 
"- With a fitness to practise referral need to take it seriously & engage with NMC.  There needs to be more trust in the NMC.
- Don't be frightened to challenge your union
- It was horrendous standing in front of a conduct & competency Committee Hearing
- The assumption of dishonesty with a registrant referred to the NMC needs to stop
- Cathryn spoke about using her fitness to practise experience to turn a negative into a positive and setting up her online support group 'NMCwatch'.
- NMCwatch is not there to 'get people off', which is something we have been accused of, we provide a hand holding service through the process
- Cathryn spoke of the mental health impact of their respondants who've been through the fitness to practise process, many still affected now.
- I still panic about being referred to the NMC about fitness to practise
- A supportive employer is very important, may be better staying and working it through with them than leave"‚Äč

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Encouraging nurses to raise concerns about the performance of others or factors affecting their own performance Nursing Revalidation
Professor Helen Young,
Executive Director of Patient Care and Services, South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust
Having recently been Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, she has now moved in to a joint Trust role for Birmingham Women’s and Birmingham Children’s FT’s, as Director of Maternity & New-born Transformation.
Helen gave a lively presentation about how to encourage nurses to raise concerns about performance of others, or about factors affecting their own performance from an NHS organisational perspective. She referred to duty of candour and the role of the freedom to speak up guardian.  She emphasised how important it is to ensure concerns are raised, heard and acted on.
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