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Articles discussing legal issues in nursing and the NMC Code of Conduct

The NMC Defence Barristers nursing legal blog covers legal Issues in nursing. Our topics cover issues mainly concerning nurses and midwives who may be facing ‘fitness to practise’ allegations or issues related to the NMC code of conduct. We have professional experience working in the nursing sector as well as representing both nurses and midwives before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Please contact us if you need legal help with any professional legal issues.

NMC Revalidation

The new process of revalidation with the NMC for nurses and midwives is now almost one year on with many nurses having successfully completed the process but many yet to do so. Revalidation replaced PREP requirements and is the process that allows you to maintain your...

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NMC Consultation on the Fitness to Practise Process

The NMC have just completed their consultation on changes to the current fitness to practise legislation. The NMC’s plan is to resolve cases more quickly taking only the most serious of cases to a hearing. At the present time the NMC say they use 80% of their budget...

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Nursing Associates – NMC to Regulate New Role

The NMC have agreed to a request to regulate the new nursing associates role. The NMC strongly believe that the public would expect that any role with nursing in the title should be regulated. The introduction of this new role has been part and parcel of the government’s commitment to strengthening the NHS.

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Voluntary Removal from the NMC Register

Any nurse or midwife when faced with a fitness to practice referral can make an application to be removed from the register. They can do this at any time in the proceedings. Where the nurse or midwife admits that their fitness to practise is impaired and they do not intend to practise in the future the NMC will consider an application by that nurse or midwife to voluntarily remove themselves from the register where it is not in the public interest to have a full hearing.

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NHS under mounting pressure

There is an increasing awareness that the National Health Service is under mounting pressure today as winter pressures on the service are proving to be the most difficult for some years. In fact, according to media reports, more than four in 10 hospitals in England declared a major alert in the first week of the year as the health service came under increasing pressure.

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I have been referred to the NMC

‘I have been referred to the NMC’ – If you find out that you are going to be the subject of investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you need to be properly informed about the process and it is vital that you act quickly.

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NMC charges

NMC charges have historically been published by the regulator. Irrespective the fact that no hearing had taken place or any finding of truth over an allegation, all the charges involved in the case along with accompanying details would be made publicly available 28 days ahead of the hearing taking place.

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Direct Access Nursing Barristers

Direct Access Nursing Barristers – Nurses and midwives can now directly instruct a barrister without having to go through a solicitor. The role of the barrister remains the same as when they are approached via a solicitor or other intermediaries. Nursing law barristers advise nurses and midwives on their legal status or rights.

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Fitness to Practice Referrals

Fitness to Practice referrals – a hazard for the career on any nurse or midwife! From time to time many nurses have to take action to protect their professional reputations. According NMC Annual Fitness to Practice Report, 2012-13, 43% of NMC final hearings result in nurses and midwives being struck off the register.

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Interim Orders

NMC Interim Suspension Order – When nurses or midwives are referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the NMC commence conducting an initial risk assessment. This enables them to decide if an Interim Orders Hearing is necessary.

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Nurses Law

NMC Defence Barristers are nurses law specialists. We provide an excellent service which sets out to meet to the needs of nurses and midwives who face complaints and allegations regarding fitness to practice.

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NHS training and education cuts

NHS training and education cuts have been announced recently. The Royal College of Midwives commented on the report published on the 20 September by the Council of Deans of Health.

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NMC Lawyers

Our NMC lawyers are specialist nursing law barristers with a background is the nursing and midwifery professions. We focus defending the interests of nurses and midwives facing fitness to practise allegations before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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NMC Representation

Are you looking for NMC representation? Nurses and midwives have highly responsible roles and are required to adhere at all times to the rigorous NMC Code of Conduct. Sometimes, despite their best efforts allegations against their professionalism are made to the NMC, either by patients or by their employers.

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Nursing defence lawyers

Following a complaint or an allegation form a patient or an employer, a registered nurse or midwife may a letter with the subject line “The NMC has received an allegation that your Fitness to Practise as a Registered Nurse is impaired”.

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Nursing law barristers

Nursing Law Barristers are specialist defence lawyers who focus their professional activities on in all areas of nursing and midwifery, and the representation of their cases before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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Legal services for nurses

Are you a nurse or midwife who has been reported to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)? Has a colleague or a patient complained about you to the NMC? Has your competence or fitness to practise been called into question by your employer with the NMC? Get professional help!

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NMC nursing legal representation

Do you need NMC nursing legal representation? If you have been referred to the NMC it really is vitally important that you seek specialist NMC representation urgently so you can protect your reputation and your practise.

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Nursing lawyers UK

Nursing lawyers UK – NMC Defence Barristers have established themselves with an excellent reputation in providing nursing legal defence of nurses and midwives who are facing disciplinary proceedings before the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

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Nursing Code of Practice

The Nursing Code of Practice sets out the standards of professionalism that nurses and midwives must adhere to in order to be registered to practise in the UK. The latest version of the NMC code, which became effective from 31 March 2015 reflects the current living and working circumstances.

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Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing and Midwifery Council – the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their primary function is to protect the public. They set standards for nurses and midwives in the areas of education, training, conduct and performance in order to promote the delivery of high quality healthcare throughout their careers.

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NMC Code of Conduct

The Code contains the professional standards that registered nurses and midwives must uphold. UK nurses and midwives must act in line with the Code, whether they are providing direct care to individuals, groups or communities or bringing their professional knowledge to bear on nursing and midwifery practice in other roles, such as leadership, education or research.

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NMC Disciplinary Hearings

NMC Disciplinary Hearings? You are not alone. During the course of a career in nursing or midwifery it is quite likely that at some point face nurses legal issues and require the services of nursing defence lawyers as one of your patients or their families may decide they want to complain about your service or standards of practise.

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