Professional Disciplinary

Health and social care providers who are also registered as nurses or doctors often have to deal with a two-pronged attack from regulators because they may have to deal with criticisms from both the provider regulator, such as the CQC or Ofsted, as well as from professional regulators such as the General Medical Council (GMC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). There is also greater emphasis now on regulators sharing information between bodies. This means that provider regulators and professional regulators are likely to refer matters to each other where appropriate.

If you do have to deal simultaneously with a professional regulator alongside your provider regulator, Ridouts team of specialist lawyers is best placed to advise on both fronts as each is likely to impact on the other.

Team members at Ridouts have extensive experience of dealing with professional regulators and have dealt with a wide range of allegations.

Services include:

  • Advising and representing providers faced with GMC, NMC, GDC or HCPA proceedings;
  • Challenging decisions to impose interim orders against nurses or doctors;
  • Challenging, in appropriate cases, that there is no case to answer with the result that the case never reaches a substantive hearing;
  • Help to identify the evidence which a panel is most likely to find persuasive if individuals do attend a hearing;
  • Drafting witness statements and helping to identify which are the most appropriate documents to exhibit;
  • Conducting the advocacy at interim order or substantive hearings;
  • Help conducting appeals against professional regulators in the High Court, if appropriate
When dealing with any form of disciplinary procedure, things can get difficult and complicated, when you’re being investigated from both sides, you need specialist legal advice to help you navigate the issue. Our health and social care lawyers understand what is required from all forms of disciplinary procedure, and can give you the knowledge that you need in order to challenge and succeed in overcoming the issue.

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