Frequently Asked Questions
What is NMCWatch?
NMCWatch is a registrant care Community Interest Company (CIC) that provides support and guidance primarily to nurses and midwives who are facing fitness to practise (FTP) investigations or concerns about their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
What is the purpose of NMCWatch?
NMCWatch aims to hold the NMC to account and ensure that it operates in the interests of the public and the professions it regulates.
What are the concerns about the NMC?
There are concerns about the NMC’s fitness to regulate the professions, its handling of fitness to practice cases, its governance and transparency, and its use of public funds.
Who can join NMCWatch?
Anyone who is concerned about the NMC and its fitness to regulate the professions can join NMCWatch.
How can I get involved with NMCWatch?
You can get involved with NMCWatch by becoming a member, attending events and meetings, and supporting campaigns and initiatives.
What campaigns and initiatives is NMCWatch currently involved in?
NMCWatch is currently involved in campaigns and initiatives to improve the NMC’s handling of fitness to practice cases, to ensure that the NMC operates in the interests of the public and the professions it regulates, and to increase transparency and accountability within the organisation.
Does NMCWatch have any affiliations or partnerships with other organisations?
NMCWatch is an independent organisation and does not have any affiliations or partnerships with other organisations. We are in partnership with the Laura Hyde Foundation who have awarded us our first grant, enabling our buddy scheme to be in place.
How is NMCWatch funded?
NMCWatch is funded through donations from its members and supporters.
What can people expect when they come to NMCWatch?
When people come to NMCWatch for support, they can expect a caring, confidential and professional service. The team comprises experienced nurses, midwives, and advocates committed to providing impartial and non-judgmental advice and guidance.
The specific types of support and services that NMCWatch provides include:
- Advice and guidance: we provide advice and guidance to nurses and midwives on a range of issues related to their registration with the NMC, including FTP concerns, referrals, and appeals.
- Case management: we can help manage the entire FTP process, from initial investigation through to hearings and appeals.
- Emotional support: Facing an FTP investigation can be a stressful and emotional experience. we provide emotional support through peer to peer support and also via our 1:1 buddy program, helping you manage your stress and anxiety throughout the process.
- Advocacy: we can provide advocacy and representation to you during FtP hearings or appeals.
- Training and education: we provide training and education on all issues relating to FTP, professional standards, and the NMC code of conduct as well as general employment issues within healthcare
- Signposting: we will signpost you to other organisations that can help your specific needs
Overall, people who come to NMCWatch for support can expect a compassionate and comprehensive service that is tailored to their specific needs and circumstances.
Can I make a donation to support NMCWatch?
Yes, you can make a donation to support us via our Donate page.
How can I contact NMCWatch?
You can contact us by sending a message via the Contact Us page.
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