Raising concern about care
Keele University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery seeks to ensure that students on all its programmes are aware of their duties in relation to compliance with all the University’s, School’s and Professional Regulatory Bodies’ requirements in relation to their health, professional behaviour and academic conduct.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2015) Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives sets standards for both students and registrants. All School of Nursing and Midwifery students are expected to comply with either or both, the NMC (2015) Code and HCPC (2012) guidance.
Aligned to both the NMC (2015) Code and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) (2012) guidance, recognising, assessing and managing concerns relating to student health and/or professional behaviour is central to public protection and ensuring safe practitioners.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery operates a Managing Health and Professional Behaviour Policy and operates a Health and Conduct Committee. The purpose of which is to examine any concerns raised in a fair, transparent and structured way and to consider any concerns in relation to a student’s fitness to practise on the grounds of health or professional behaviour. The School’s Health and Conduct Committee operates under Keele University’s regulations regarding Fitness to Practise.
The School Health and Conduct Committee can issue a warning and recommendations to the student or refer the student to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Fitness to Practice Committee.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery has developed a range of Guidance Notes with information regarding the School’s Managing Health and Professional Behaviour Policy and Procedure which can be accessed via the links below.
Please click here for the Service and Placement Provider Guidance Notes document.
Please click here for the Service User and Carer Guidance Notes document.
Please click here for the Student Guidance Managing Health and Professional Behaviour Policy document.
In addition, and in partnership with placement providers, the School has robust processes and guidance in place relating to how students can raise concerns about standards of care.
Please click here for the School of Nursing & Midwifery Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Guidance (2012) document.
The following additional information and guidance is available from the Nursing & Midwifery Council, NHS and Health and Care Professions Council.
Please click on any of the following links below:
- NMC raising concerns: guidance for nurses and midwives
- NHS whistleblowing procedures in England
- The School fully endorses the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign
- Health and Care Professions Council