Student professional suitability : lessons from how the regulator handles fitness to practise cases

Unsworth, John (2011) Student professional suitability : lessons from how the regulator handles fitness to practise cases. Nurse Education Today, 31 (5). pp. 466-471. ISSN 0260-6917

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2010.08.006

Abstract

A self regulating profession, such as nursing, has to have in place systems which deal with practitioners considered unfit to practise. In addition, students studying to enter the profession may also be subject to systems to address concerns about their professional suitability. While the NMC have left it up to each Higher Education Institution (HEI) to identify the systems which should be in place for students, there is a body of case law and statutory legislation which governs how the NMC deals with fitness to practise amongst qualified nurses and midwives. This paper examines the content of fitness to practise policies in place across HEIs and compares this with how the regulator handles fitness to practise cases. Data was collected using unobtrusive methods and was analysed using content analysis. The results suggest that many HEI's policies have significant gaps which may result in challenges to decision making. In addition, the power of some Vice Chancellors to overturn fitness to practise decisions on appeals calls into question the whole notion of professional self regulation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: student professional suitability, regulation, policies
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Public Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 12:24
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1380

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