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Fitness to Practice – The Health and Care Professions Council

Increasing levels of regulation facing professionals has led to a rise in the amount of disciplinary hearings being held. These hearings are governed by a changing body of law that can be extremely complex and which requires specialist knowledge to fully understand.

The experience of a solicitor with knowledge of this area is invaluable to anyone required to attend any kind of professional disciplinary panel.

Defend your Rights

We have dealt with a wide variety of regulators including the Health and Care Profession Council. The prospect of you reaching a favourable outcome will be significantly increased with our support.

We can ensure a fair hearing and that your case will benefit from having the most robust defence possible from start to finish.

Protect your Reputation

We will do everything possible to protect your reputation which, as a healthcare professional, is vital to your future career prospects.

No matter the reason for the complaint against you, our experienced team can increase the chances of resuming your career with minimal effect on your professional standing.

Fitness to practise (FTP) coming into question is a severe matter for any professional, especially someone in the healthcare sector. If you are facing an investigation of this nature, contact us today for an initial discussion with no obligation.

Responding to a Medical Grievance

A disciplinary investigation will usually begin after an official complaint is made by an employer, patient or another professional. If there is evidence to suggest that you may have contravened your profession’s code of practice then 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

 

Expert support for Healthcare Professionals

Our specialist team assess your individual position at each stage of the disciplinary procedure before advising you on how to proceed. With our far-reaching 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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