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NMC guide to Interim Order Hearings

NMC guide to Interim Order Hearings

The NMC has produced this one-page guide outlining the different options there are for your investigation to be examined by a panel.

Here is our guide

If you are agreeing to the allegations in their entirety having a meeting with the NMC in advance is a simple way to agree to the sanction they will put in place and then the panel will merely “sign it off” at hearing.

It is important to understand that a panel is independent of the NMC and can make their own judgement, however, they usually go with what has been agreed as it is taken that this has been negotiated between both parties (the NMC and you) and as such there is no dispute. The panels only step in if there is still a dispute.

If you are denying some or all of the allegations or just want the panel to hear your side of things a hearing is always the best option. At a hearing, the panel will hear your live evidence and your explanation of events. This does not happen at a meeting. You will also have the option of cross-examining the evidence presented by the NMC. You will also be able to present any context around the events and explain what you would do differently next time to avoid the same mistakes. Although a hearing can seem daunting it is your only chance to be heard.

Hearings can be held virtually or in person – if travel costs are too difficult or you or you just can’t face travelling to a venue then a virtual hearing is an option.
Hearings can also be held in private if things about your health or personal circumstances are being shared that you don’t want a member of the public who may be attending to hear or be published in the hearing notes.

Always seek legal advice to help you come to the right decision.
We can give you further information if you need it through our Advocacy Programme.


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