Nurses and Midwives Act 2011
No further action, or referral of complaint to another body or authority, etc.
59.— (1) Where the Preliminary Proceedings Committee is, in respect of a complaint, of the opinion that—
( a) there is not sufficient cause to warrant further action being taken in relation to the complaint,
( b) the complaint should be referred to another body or authority or to a professional competence scheme, or
( c) the complaint is one that could be resolved by mediation or other informal means pursuant to guidelines prepared under section 60(1) ,
it shall inform the Board of that opinion.
(2) The Board may, after considering an opinion referred to in subsection (1) in respect of a complaint, do one or more than one of the following:
( a) decide that no further action is to be taken in relation to the complaint;
( b) direct the Preliminary Proceedings Committee to refer the complainant to another body or authority;
( c) refer information in relation to the complaint in accordance with a co-operation agreement entered into under section 15 ;
( d) refer the complaint to a professional competence scheme;
( e) refer the complaint for resolution by mediation or other informal means; or
( f) if it considers it necessary to do so, direct that further action be taken under section 61 .
(3) Where the Board, in respect of a complaint, makes a decision referred to in subsection (2)(a) or a referral referred to in subsection (2)(b) or (d), the Board shall give notice in writing of the decision or referral, as the case may be, to—
( a) the registered nurse or registered midwife the subject of the complaint, and
( b) the complainant in any case where the Board is not the complainant.