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NMC approves changes to English language requirements for international nurses and midwives

Elizabeth Groom
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recently proposed changes to the requirements for nurses and midwives from outside the UK taking the International Language Test System (IELTS), as part of the NMC’s international registration process. ...

CQC issues guidance to care home providers after a resident dies falling from a window

Laura Hannah
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published guidance on managing the risk of falls from windows in a care home, as the seventh issue of its ‘learning from safety incidents’ resources. In this issue, the CQC describe an incident...

CQC prosecute care home provider for failing to monitor a resident with a history of sexual assaults

Laura Hannah
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It was recently reported that the CQC prosecuted a care home provider in the Magistrates Court for failing in its duty to protect people in its care, exposing them to the risk of sexual abuse. The case concerned an allegation that the care home had...

Trading Standards investigate 'useless' health food supplements

Emily Hill
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The UK food supplements market is flourishing, as sales reached £431 million in 2016, with a predicted total of £457 million by 2021. Almost half of Britain’s population consume vitamins and minerals on a daily basis but health experts...

The High Court casts new light on how the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is expected to treat dishonesty

Brea Carney-Jones
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A former junior solicitor, who was suspended from practice earlier this year for backdating four letters to make it look as if she had progressed a clinical negligence case, has now been struck off by the High Court. In Solicitors Regulation Authority...

Health and Safety Executive - how and when do they investigate?

Brea Carney-Jones
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a regulator which aims to prevent workplace death, injury or ill health. The HSE investigate reportable injuries, diseases, dangerous occurrences and concerns raised by workers, the public or others to help...

First ever convictions for operating an unregistered school

Francesca Snape
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Two individuals operating the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in Southall have been convicted of operating an unlicensed school at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, which is the first conviction of this kind. The court heard that investigations found...

Houses of multiple occupancy - changes to mandatory licensing

Chloe Parish
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On 1 October 2018, new regulations relating to the housing of multiple occupancy (HMO) will come into force. For landlords, this could mean that your property could fall under the new mandatory rules and require a HMO licence. The current position ...

NMC launches new approach to fitness to practise complaints

Elizabeth Groom
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Following research conducted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), it was determined that their Fitness to Practise processes needed to change. From the responses to this research, the NMC identified that nine out of ten of the respondents, such...

Doctor erased from the GMC register for falsifying his expertise

Emily Hill
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A GP has recently been struck off for being untruthful about his experience and qualifications. After a week-long tribunal earlier this year, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) were satisfied that his fitness to practice was impaired by...

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