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Fitness to Practise for Healthcare Professionals

The increasing amount of regulation facing all professions has led to a rise in the number of disciplinary hearings being held. The conduct of these hearings is governed by an evolving body of law that is often highly complex, requiring specialist knowledge to fully comprehend.

Anyone required to attend any kind of professional disciplinary panel will benefit greatly from the guidance of a lawyer with expertise in this area.

Defend your Rights

We have experience of dealing with a wide variety of regulators, in particular the General Medical Council (GMC)/Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). With our support, the prospect of you reaching a favourable outcome will be significantly increased.

From the initial investigation through to drafting witness statements and representing you at the actual tribunal, we’ll ensure you receive a fair hearing and present the best possible case for your defence.

Protect your Reputation

We understand, as a healthcare professional, how important your reputation is to you, and we’ll do everything possible to protect it.

Whatever the nature of the complaint, by taking advantage of our services, you’ll increase your prospects of resuming your career without any damage to your professional standing.

Fitness to practise (FTP) is a serious issue for any professional, especially someone involved in providing healthcare. If you find yourself facing an investigation of this nature, you should contact us immediately  for a non-obligation initial discussion.

Responding to a Medical Grievance

The starting point of any disciplinary investigation is usually a critical remark or official complaint from an employer, a patient or a fellow professional. As a healthcare professional, you’re bound by your profession’s code of practice, so if there’s a reasonable possibility that you have in some way contravened these rules, the complaint will be investigated further.

There are typically three stages to the process:

  • The investigation, where you have the opportunity to explain what has happened, usually in writing. Our experience includes successfully concluding numerous matters at this stage
  • The investigating committee, which meets to assess the evidence and decide whether to pursue the case. If they do, you’ll be asked to attend a hearing. We have influenced these committees into accepting there is no case to answer
  • The fitness to practise panel (FTP), usually consisting of three people, including someone from your profession, assesses the evidence and decides what penalty, if any, should be enforced. Our enviable record of success includes winning such hearings that others lawyers deem unwinnable

Our team of legal specialists have extensive experience contending with the following regulators:

  • GDC – General Dental Council
  • GMC – General Medical Council
  • HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council
  • MPTS – Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service
  • NWC – Nursing and Midwifery Council

In addition, we’ve supported our clients at hearings held by a number of smaller regulators in both England and Wales.

Expert support for Healthcare Professionals

At each stage of the disciplinary process, our specialist team apply their expertise to assess your particular situation, advise on how you should proceed and then support you throughout the proceedings.

With our extensive expertise and experience in this area, your professional reputation couldn’t be in better hands.

Paul-Bennet
Paul Bennett

Partner & Specialist in Professional Practices
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01743 453685

Mark-Briegal
Mark Briegal

Partner & Specialist in Professional Practices
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01244 405565

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