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This course focuses upon regulatory law and principles specific to the healthcare professionals, including doctors (the General Medical Council (GMC)), nurses and midwives (the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)) and numerous other healthcare practitioners registered with other bodies, including the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The course is aimed at those already practising in the field of regulatory law in the healthcare professions, whether in private practice or within a regulatory body.

Professional disciplinary and fitness to practise investigations in the healthcare professions can be highly complex and lengthy, yet the outcomes can have a career devastating impact. Accordingly, this course seeks to provide practical guidance on managing such proceedings, as well as managing the risks and overlapping strategies when advising clients who find themselves in both employment and regulatory proceedings concurrently.

The course takes a practical approach and will include reviewing a case study that explores the issues in context.

The areas covered include:

  • Background to the various healthcare regulatory bodies, their scope and aims
  • Introduction to rules and procedure in the healthcare regulatory bodies
  • The applicable legal principles in the healthcare regulators – insight and professional development, misconduct and impairment, and sanction
  • Managing the client and practical initial steps including dealing with disclosure, witnesses and employer references
  • Understanding and avoiding the risks and adopting strategies when dealing with the difficult overlap between concurrent employment tribunal and regulatory proceedings when advising clients
  • Updates and opportunities going forward


Andrew Crammond

, barrister at Trinity Chambers, was called to the Bar in 2008. Whilst an experienced employment law practitioner dealing with discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and TUPE, Andrew has a particular interest in, and represents Registrants who are the subject of professional disciplinary proceedings (particularly in the health and care professions). Andrew represents clients at multi-day hearings where an individual’s fitness to practise is called into question. Andrew’s experience ranges from attending interim order hearings to representing individuals at contested fitness to practise hearings lasting several weeks.

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