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Professional Standards Authority appeals NMC panel’s decision about learning disability nurse

The Professional Standards Authority yesterday referred the case of learning disability nurse, Mr Maxwell Nyamukapa, to the High Court.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Final Fitness to Practise Committee decided there was ‘no misconduct’. The Authority considers this is insufficient to protect the public. It has now exercised its power of appeal to the High Court.

Mark Stobbs, Director of Scrutiny and Quality said, ‘Our power to review and appeal cases is a vital part of public protection. By scrutinizing decisions, we make sure that professionals who are not fit to practise do not slip through the net.  The judge can reject our appeal, quash the decision, substitute a new decision or send the case back to the regulator’s final fitness to practise committee to reconsider’.

Whilst the case is ongoing, the Authority is unable to make any further comment.

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Contact:

Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards and Policy

Christine.Braithwaite@professionalstandards.org.uk

Reception: 020 7389 8030

Email: info@professionalstandards.org.uk

Notes to the Editor

1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (previously known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.

2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.

3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.

4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.

5. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.

6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.

7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk