Nurses Midwives Compassion Fund: don't walk away

In February 2017  I was struck off the nursing register. Click 

I felt like my life was over, I had let everyone down and lost the profession I loved and had worked in over the last 25years. I was lucky though, I had a lot of support all of whom told me to appeal against the judgement - essentially for an administrative error on an application form that the NMC chose to belief was a deliberate act of dishonesty and worthy of removal from the register. I appealed in the High Court, the only place you can, terrifying in itself when self litigating against professional lawyers who are determined to prove the NMC were right. However the judge thought differently and by September I was back on the nursing register. I now work at a lower level than I was previously but love it and am so grateful for still being able to do my job. Don't get me wrong there have been times my career when I have thought I would stop nursing, but having that decision torn out of my hands made me realise that was not how I really felt. People say why do you keep trying to change an organisation that cares so little about you? Why do you want to keep nursing when they have treated you like this? "They" are anonymous, hide in offices and don't know the reality of life as a nurse. "They" wouldn't be able to do the things I do every day "They" need to understand that the only ones that suffer by removing nurses like myself from the profession are the patients and that is the only true risk to public safety.
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I was fortunate ... hundreds of nurses and midwives are less so and every year go through Fitness to Practice investigations - many do not come out of the other side. Prior to my experience I was completely naive to the process, thinking "no smoke without fire"  - how wrong I was. 

I formed NMCWatch as it was apparent to me that there was little support out there for others like myself. We provide online support, buddy support, an annual retreat, legal advice and signposting and advocacy. We are all volunteers, we do it because we know how hard it is and we want to help others not suffer like we did.

Your donations will help support our work with:

- Travel expenses to meet registrants who are struggling
- Fund registrants to attend our annual retreat held in September each year
- Fund a care package hamper for a registrant in need
- Review of reflections and give guidance on how to complete them
- Review of evidence presented by NMC and helping them understand them in plain English
 "Virtual" clinical supervision: telephone discussions to review practice and reflect on learning

An example of a recent registrant we have helped can be seen here:

Even though I am back working as a nurse now,  I am forever changed. I work constantly worrying that I will make a mistake that sends me straight back infront of an NMC panel again. I had a meeting with the NMC recently and they kindly paid my travel expenses. The cheque came through the post today - my heart started racing, teary eyes and panic set in once again so fearful that I could not open it and my husband had to do so, equally worried.

Many nurses and midwives at the end of their FtP investigation come out with "no case to answer" a clean PIN number and able to practice freely. However it is not so simple, many have been unable to gain employment whilst under investigation, have been financially ruined and had their professional and personal confidence ripped apart. They is no recourse from the trauma they have been through, no consequence for the person that started the case that was assessed as having no merit.

This is the reality - you never "get over it" you are always "damaged" by it... there is no compensation or consequence for the impact it has, you just have to get on and do the best you can.

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  • Andy Mardell 
    • £15 
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  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 10 d
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    • £20 
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    • £20 
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    • £10 
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Cathryn Watters 
Wootton, East of England, United Kingdom
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