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Support during your FtP investigation
NMCWatch supports nurses, midwives, and other healthcare professionals, going through Fitness to Practice investigations by their regulator or employer.
What we do
How we help
A 1-2-1 service that aims to reduce the isolation and take the fear out of the FtP process.
Buddies are assigned from the same registry level and have concluded their own FtP cases.
Up to 10 hours to explore the impact and develop coping strategies.
Signposting for legal advice and other specific support areas, including financial.
Following the success of our Advocacy Programme pilot, we have secured a long-term plan for assisting with fitness to practice cases.
This is in response to the many registrants who have no other options available or have found the alternatives have given them unsatisfactory results.
Peer Support Group
- Free online support to nurses and midwives via a closed Facebook page.
- Peer support to those suffering from the effects of the process.
- Linking to others in the same geographical area to give local support.
- Signposting to other organisations which can assist.
We’ve helped over 500 registrants get through FtP. So far.
Since 2017 we have helped hundreds of healthcare professionals through their FtP process.
Thanks to our Buddy Scheme and Advocacy Programme pilots, this help is now more formalised and refined. Although we get some limited funding, we always welcome more financial support in order to maintain these services at the highest levels.
If you or someone you know has been through a Fitness to Practice investigation you understand how crucial our work can be. So, if you are able to make a donation to enable us to help others, we would be very grateful.
Nurses and Midwives who have been through FtP
Registrants who have received legal assistance from NMCWatch
Registrants buddied so far
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We are passionate about supporting and empowering members during this process. By providing a positive space we enable and encourage people to share their experiences…
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Simon was brilliant this morning… my partner said to me today that Simon achieved so much for me in 2 days [that my] stupid union didn’t do for almost 2 years!
Simon Holborn and Cathryn Watters were my legal team and were both so incredibly knowledgeable about the whole FtP process. Without them, I would never have got through my long and torturous process and indeed a hearing that spanned over six months. Cannot thank them enough for all their help and support.
When I thought I was losing everything, felt worthless and hopeless, and my anxiety was high, I would talk things through with my buddy. They would calm me down, put things back into perspective and help me to restart.
Thank you for the buddy system. Talking through the challenging times is a lot easier knowing someone has gone through a similar process and can really relate to how you are feeling. I am forever grateful.