commonly reported issues for nurses facing FTP (Fitness to Practise) proceedings in front of the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council).
Here are ten important issues:
Professional misconduct: Professional misconduct is one of the most common issues that nurses face during FTP proceedings. It refers to any behaviour that violates the NMC code of conduct, including negligence, dishonesty, and inappropriate behaviour towards patients or colleagues.
Lack of competence: A nurse may face FTP proceedings if they are unable to perform their duties competently or if they lack the necessary knowledge or skills to provide safe and effective care.
Health issues: Nurses who have health issues that affect their ability to provide safe and effective care may be subject to FTP proceedings. This may include mental health issues, addiction, or physical health conditions.
Criminal convictions: A nurse may face FTP proceedings if they have been convicted of a criminal offence, even if the offence is not related to their professional practice.
Failure to comply with regulations: Nurses may face FTP proceedings if they fail to comply with regulations related to their professional practice, such as failing to maintain accurate records or failing to obtain the necessary qualifications.
Boundary violations: Nurses may face FTP proceedings if they engage in inappropriate relationships with patients or breach professional boundaries in other ways.
Misuse of social media: Nurses may face FTP proceedings if they misuse social media by posting inappropriate content or breaching patient confidentiality.
Failure to report concerns: Nurses have a duty to report any concerns they have about patient safety or the conduct of their colleagues. Failure to report such concerns may result in FTP proceedings.
Discrimination or harassment: Nurses who engage in discriminatory or harassing behaviour towards patients or colleagues may be subject to FTP proceedings.
Breach of confidentiality: Nurses have a duty to maintain patient confidentiality. Breaching this duty may result in FTP proceedings, particularly if the breach causes harm to the patient or damages their trust in the nursing profession.