Discussion paper on hearings and outcomes guidance for fitness to practise panels

The discussion paper sought views on updating our guidance for fitness to practise panels to help them make decisions on outcomes, including when dealing with concerns about discriminatory behaviour.

We proposed strengthening our decision-making guidance for fitness to practise panels in two areas:

  • Supporting decision-making in hearings where discrimination is a component 
  • Taking account of cultural factors when panels are deciding on an outcome 

The proposed update to the guidance makes clear what we mean by discrimination, bullying and harassment, and how seriously concerns of this nature will be taken. The revised guidance will also make sure that panel members consider cultural sensitivities and difference when taking account of expressions of apology and insight. 

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