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Professional Defence Solicitors for Nurses & Midwives
If you are a nurse or midwife facing a regulatory investigation or disciplinary hearing, JMW’s professional defence solicitors will defend your case with the utmost dedication.
Our team of professional regulation solicitors have a great deal of experience in dealing and corresponding with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) as part of any investigations they are carrying out. We are well placed to offer tailored guidance in defending you against any unjustified allegations.
We understand how damaging such investigations can be for your overall wellbeing, as well as having serious professional implications, and will work closely with you every step of the way, providing support to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
How JMW Can Help
We will advise you on your legal rights and responsibilities, with the aim of helping you to make the best choices throughout the legal process.
Our specialist professional defence solicitors have many years of experience working with nurses and midwives to defend them against disciplinary hearings in front of the NMC.
JMW has a great deal of experience in defending:
- Hospital and community-based nurses and midwives
- Practice nurses
- Nurses in private practices
- Nurses employed by nursing homes
We will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the strongest defence for your case. We care a great deal about our clients and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for each individual.
Our solicitors have handled cases where nurses and midwives have been accused of:
- Abuse of their professional position, for example, an improper sexual relationship with a patient or service user, or discrimination against patients or colleagues
- Dishonesty or fraud
- Serious or repeated mistakes in patient care
- Serious criminal offences
- Serious breaches of patient confidentiality
From the start of your case, we will take a proactive approach to give you the best possible chance of securing your desired outcome. We will use our extensive experience of NMC investigations and proceedings advance the most robust and constructive defence.
We also have a great deal of expertise in representing nurses and midwives who have been referred for an Interim Orders Hearing. As part of this, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you are able to continue to work during the NMC’s investigation.
Our Professional Defence Services for Nurses & Midwives
Our solicitors will assist you with:
- Preparation for, and representation at, criminal trials
- Preparation for, and representation at, coroner’s inquests
- Assisting with the preparation of regulatory concerns response forms
- Advice on the NMC investigatory process
- Considering witness statements and exhibits relied upon by the NMC
- Preparing formal responses and submissions to the NMC
- Drafting written responses to the case examiners
- Collating evidence in support of your defence
- Offering advice on the suitability of warnings and undertakings
- Representation at interim orders panel hearings
- Advice and representation in relation to consensual panel determination
- Representation before the Fitness Practise Committee
- Consensual Panel Determinations
What is the role of the NMC?
The NMC is the professional regulator of nurses and midwives for the UK. It maintains a register of all nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses and nursing associates eligible to practise in the UK.
In instances when care falls short of the required standards, the NMC will step in to investigate and act when necessary. The body has the authority to investigate allegations of impaired fitness to practice and bring formal proceedings when standards are not met.
What could the case examiner decide?
In the first instance, the case examiner will decide whether there is a case to answer. In the event they determine that there is no case to answer, they could take the following actions:
- Offer advice
- Issue a warning
- Take no further action
Should they decide that there is a case to answer, they could do the following:
- Recommend undertakings
- Refer the matter on their Fitness Practice Committee
Can I still practise while undergoing an NMC investigation?
While NMC investigations take place, you may find that restrictions are placed upon your practice. JMW will do our utmost to ensure you are able to continue to work during this time and we can advise on whether you may apply to remove or vary restrictions.
Talk to Us
For legal advice and guidance on a professional regulation issue related to nursing or midwifery or the NMC, call us on 0800 652 5559. You can also fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back at a time that is convenient for you.