NMC case studies - fitness to practise

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 0203 816 9274 without delay. 

Our lawyers represented a nurse in a long-running case involving wide ranging allegations of serious misconduct. We identified a number of evidential issues in relation to the NMC’s case and obtained significant missing evidence which was presented to the conduct and competence committee. We also relied on expert evidence which supported our client’s case. The conduct and competence committee found that our client’s actions did not amount to misconduct and the case was dismissed.

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 referred to the NMC following a conviction for a serious criminal offence which resulted in a suspended prison sentence. We acted for our client at a hearing before the NMC's conduct and competence committee where compelling evidence of mitigation was presented. The panel did not take any action against our client’s registration.

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 nurse who faced two separate referrals to the NMC in relation to a number of criminal convictions. The two cases were joined, allowing all matters to be dealt with at one hearing before a panel of the conduct and competence committee. Our client demonstrated significant remorse and insight and as a result the committee found that our client’s fitness to practice was not currently impaired. Our client was able to continue to practise without restriction.

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 acted for a nurse who was referred to the NMC’s health committee in relation to an allegation that their fitness to practise was impaired by reason of their mental health. We presented positive evidence to the committee in relation to our client’s health and also obtained supportive evidence from our client’s employers. The committee were satisfied that there had been a substantial improvement in our client’s health and the case was dismissed.

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

 

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