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Hi, I was employed for 7 years as a support worker/assistant nurse I trained as a psychiatric nurse (4 years) I then worked for private health care (the priory) for 18 months, then moved on to work for the NHS (high secure services) I worked here for 4 years.



In the last 3 months of my employment, I made 4 medication errors. (none at any other time in my career) No patient was harmed. I have no criminal record. At the time I made the mistakes I was going through a divorce from my wife of 18 years. I was under an extreme amount of stress. I left the job when I had a car crash on my way to work. I was not sacked. I continued to practice as an agency nurse for 8 months with no other problems. within this time the NHS employers sent me for a psychiatric evaluation.



I was still experiencing a lot of stress so I agreed to go. 2 weeks later I had been given a diagnosis by post of a serious mental health disorder. On top of this I received a letter from The nursing council stating that The NHS had whistle blown to them about my practice, subsequently they had sent me a letter saying I was struck off. I was in so much stress and anxiety at the diagnosis that I didnt contest the ruling.



I ignored the letter feeling disillusioned and upset that they had taken my lively hood away after so much training and practice. The diagnosis was wrong. I have never experienced psychosis and have never taken anti psychotic medication. As An ex nurse I realised that denying you have the condition is seen as no insight and subsequently a person would be hospitalised because of the presumed risk of not complying with medication.



I have never been sectioned or been in hospital I realised that if I had denied it the potential for me being hospitalised and forced to take medication, would have potentially ruined my life further. And so for 8 years i kept up a face for the health professionals, It took me at least 3 years to get my head together, enough to return to university to complete a masters degree. I am now back to my usual self and have regained my self worth and esteem.



I now wish to return to my nursing career. The NMC states that to be reinstated to the register you have to have a period of 5 years away from practice. I would also have to attend a panel meeting in London to be assessed. My question is, I have a serious mental illness (on paper) although I am considered well because they believe the medication has helped my over time. (which I have never taken) .



I desperately want to return to my career, does anyone know if my circumstances would make this an impossibility.?

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I would guess that you have not received any suggestions as your question is outside of the immediate experience of many who read these forums - as indeed it is outside of my own sphere.


What you have already posted is probably the extent of my knowledge - that to re-register with the NMC a period of 5 years must elapse and then you would have to appear in front of a panel. From looking at the NMC website it seems that much emphasis is placed on the reasons for your de-registration and how you have overcome the events that led to being struck off. I would suggest that good medical support and evidence from medical professionals would be key to this, as would strong affirmations from potential referees. If your Masters is in a subject related to your career then I would imagine that this would carry weight as the NMC questions include ways in which you have kept up to date with the profession.


You have no doubt already looked at this page https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/returning-to-the-register/readmissions-after-fitness-to-practise-sanction so all I can suggest is that you look at the requirements and make sure that you meet or exceed the criteria. Have well rehearsed answers to any potential question (and expect some of them to fairly probing about your medical situation and how well it is managed) and be prepared to absolutely sell yourself. They will want to be confident that you are not only serious about re-registration but that you have clear career ambitions, plans for immediate employment and the desire to still be an exemplary nurse.


I sincerely wish you well with this and am sorry that I have nothing more than fairly generic advice

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