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Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Lawyers

Stephensons has gained an excellent reputation for defending nurses and midwives in fitness to practise cases before the Nursing & Midwifery Council. We regularly deal with a wide variety of cases, including registration issues, allegations of poor professional competence, health issues, allegations of serious misconduct and serious criminal convictions. For immediate advice from one of our specialist NMC lawyers call 0161 696 6250.

NMC investigations

If you have been referred to the Nursing & Midwifery Council it is vital that you seek specialist legal advice in order to protect your interests and safeguard your practise. Our lawyers are recommended in the current edition of the Legal 500 for professional disciplinary work. We have extensive experience of dealing with NMC investigations and fitness to practise cases. We have experience of acting for clients working within the NHS and private healthcare, including specialist experience of acting for independent midwives. Please visit our NMC case studies page for more information about our expertise in this area. 

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NMC fitness to practise proceedings

We understand that being referred to the NMC can be a daunting and overwhelming experience and the implications of this can be very serious. We recognise the need for advice from lawyers with genuine experience of defending NMC cases. We can guide you through the process and advise on the best approach at each stage of your case. Our specialist lawyers regularly act for nurses and midwives in the full range of fitness to practise proceedings before the NMC, including:

  • Advising on professional registration and appeals against decisions 
  • Assisting with the preparation of regulatory concerns response forms
  • Preparation of written responses to the case examiners 
  • Representation at interim orders hearings
  • Advising on applications for voluntary removal from the register 
  • Negotiating with the NMC in relation to consensual panel determinations
  • Representing clients at fitness to practise hearings before the Fitness to Practise Committee 
  • Advising clients in relation to appeals to the High Court
  • Representing clients at substantive order review hearings
  • Advising applications for restoration to the register

Our experience

We have extensive experience of defending the full range of fitness to practise issues, including:

  • Assessments, observations and record keeping
  • Medicines management and administration
  • Failing to obtain consent from patients
  • Communication issues, in relation to both patients and colleagues
  • Safeguarding
  • Quality of care
  • Issues in relation to the treatment of patients diagnosed with dementia
  • Professional boundaries
  • Dishonesty
  • Sexually motivated misconduct
  • Financial misconduct, particularly in relation to private healthcare
  • Drug and alcohol dependency
  • Impairment on the basis of a practitioner’s mental health
  • Breaches of interim orders
  • Criminal convictions

It is important that you seek specialist advice before responding to correspondence from the NMC. Any response which is made needs to be carefully considered in order to protect your interests and to avoid prejudicing your defence. For a confidential, no-obligation discussion regarding your case, contact one of our specialist NMC lawyers on 0161 696 6250. Alternatively please complete our online enquiry form and one of our NMC fitness to practise lawyers will contact you as a matter of urgency.

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    Head of Regulatory Law Carl Johnson talks about the role his team take in professional discipline and fitness to practise issues. Carl discusses the sort of cases the team at Stephensons can handle, the possible outcomes of professional discipline investigations and why legal advice is vital.

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