Stephensons has gained an excellent reputation for defending Nurses and Midwives facing fitness to practise proceedings and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. Our team has experience of dealing with a wide range of cases and the following case studies are examples of our recent work in this area. If you are under investigation by the NMC or you have been referred to a hearing, please contact our specialist fitness to practise lawyers on 01616 966 229 without delay.
Our lawyers acted on behalf of a nurse referred to the NMC following allegations of misconduct within their role as a manager of a care home. Written representations were made to the NMC’s case examiners arguing that the actions did not amount to misconduct, and that our client’s fitness to practise was not impaired. The Case Examiners concluded that there was no case to answer and the case was closed.
Our lawyers acted for a Midwife in respect of a long-running case which dealt with a number of allegations of poor clinical competence and professional misconduct. The matter was heard by the NMC’s conduct and competence committee. The committee found that our client’s fitness to practise was not currently impaired and therefore no sanction was imposed. Our client was able to continue to practise without restriction.
Our lawyers acted for a nurse accused of serious misconduct relating to the treatment of a patient with a mental health condition. Our client broadly admitted the allegations made by the NMC but disputed many of the underlying facts. We entered into negotiations with the NMC regarding a consensual panel determination (CPD). The CPD was ultimately agreed and as such our client avoided a hearing before the NMC’s conduct and competence committee.
Our lawyers acted for a care home manager accused of serious misconduct relating to the treatment of a service user. Our client admitted the allegations but denied that their fitness to practise was currently impaired. The bundle of documents presented to the conduct and competence committee included excellent references and significant evidence of insight and remediation. The committee found the public would wish to see a good, competent and dedicated nurse allowed to practise. No action was taken against our client’s registration.
Our lawyers represented a Midwife in a successful appeal to the High Court against a striking off order imposed by the NMC’s conduct and competence committee. Our client’s case was that the committee made an error of law, namely that they did not have the legal power to impose a striking-off order in this case. More information about this case can be found here - Annon v Nursing and Midwifery Council