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Nursing Times talk about our Buddy Pilot

Jul 28, 2021 | Press | 2 comments

Thanks to Nursing Times for writing about our pilot – due to start in September 2021. 

Nurses facing investigation to be offered ‘buddy’ support through new pilot

Cathryn Watters

Cathryn Watters, registered nurse and founder of NMC Watch, explained that all the “buddies” in the scheme would be registrants who had been through fitness-to-practise (FtP) procedures themselves.

Liam Barnes

Liam Barnes, trustee chair from mental health charity the Laura Hyde Foundation, said: “The people we support face regular traumatic situations in their daily work, however they do the job they love because they care.

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  1. Amanda

    What a load of rubbish and copying other buddy services out there helping nurses.
    Be original and not a copy

    • NMC Watch

      Dear Amanda

      Sorry to read your comment on the article published on the launch of our buddy service
      As far as we know there are no other buddy services out there specifically for nurses and midwives undergoing FtP but we would love to hear about them if there are. There are indeed other support groups but not a designated buddy service – those who have been through FtP supporting those who are going through it. We have received a grant from the Laura Hyde Foundation which means we can get some proper data on the impact so as to be able to offer a funded service in teh future which doesn’t just rely on goodwill. It will also help us to continue to pressure the NMC for fairer practice as we review the data.

      We welcome all constructive feedback on why you feel the service is not required as this is a pilot scheme and there will be lots of learning to be had by everyone involved. The feedback from our members is telling us that it is a real missing link in the current process and certainly we have been doing this work informally over the last 4 years since NMCWatch was set up.

      Best wishes

      The NMCWatch Team



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