Nursing & Midwifery Council

Nursing and midwifery council
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If you’re under investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), benefit from Cartwright King’s experience of successfully defending nurses and midwives whose fitness to practice is under scrutiny. Our specialist NMC Defence Lawyers offer sound legal advice, doing everything possible to protect you and your career.

Don’t delay, get in touch now to speak to our specialist Nurse Lawyers and plan your defence strategy.

How Cartwright King’s NMC Defence Lawyers Can Help

Cartwright King offers fast, efficient and effective legal advice when you’re faced with an NMC investigation. A quick response is crucial to your case to avoid potential restrictions on your right to practice and to ensure that the NMC follows correct protocols when investigating you. 

Our specialist Nurse Lawyers scrutinise the evidence against you, in detail,  and monitor the investigation to ensure that you’re treated fairly.  Here’s what our NMC lawyers can do for you:

  • Advising on professional registration and appeals against decisions 
  • Assisting with the preparation of regulatory concerns response forms
  • Preparation of written responses to the case examiners 
  • Providing advice on the suitability of undertakings and warnings
  • Representation at interim orders panel hearings
  • Preparation of responses to case management forms
  • Advising on applications for voluntary removal from the register 
  • Negotiating with the NMC in relation to consensual panel determinations
  • Representing you at fitness to practice hearings before the Fitness to Practice Committee 
  • Representing you in appeals to the High Court

Speak to a Specialist Solicitor Now

If you suspect that you’re going to be investigated, or you’re already under investigation by the NMC, you can benefit from an initial telephone call with a specialist Cartwright King Nurse Lawyer.

There is no substitute for speaking to one of our specialist solicitors to get the right advice, ensuring that you are on the front foot when your fitness to practice is called into question. 

For immediate action, contact us today for an initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Advise you on legal fees
  • Agree how you want to proceed

Why Choose Cartwright King NMC Solicitors?

You want your case to be in the hands of trusted and experienced NMC solicitors. Cartwright King’s specialist lawyers offer you a balance of legal know-how and personal service to ensure that you’re empowered to protect your interests when under close scrutiny.

We listen, we understand and we care about what happens to you. That’s why we offer sound, reliable legal advice to ensure that you understand your rights when you’re under investigation. Cartwright King can defend you against a wide range of fitness to practice issues, giving you peace of mind that your case is in good hands.

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. We know that NMC investigations can be damaging professionally, personally and financially. 

That’s why we will do everything we can to clear you of wrongdoing or minimise any action against you.

We’re committed to defending your legal rights, your nursing or midwifery career and your professional reputation, ensuring that you’re treated fairly and with respect throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.  

We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

What does a Nursing & Midwifery Council investigation involve?

An NMC investigation is typically the longest part of the process and has been known to take years. When under investigation, an NMC investigator will gather evidence in relation to concerns over your fitness to practice. The evidence collected can include medical records, CCTV footage and more.

The investigator will also speak to you directly to hear your version of events. You can seek legal advice prior to speaking to an NMC investigator so that your rights and your best interests are protected. 

The investigator will also speak to any witnesses as part of their investigation.

As the investigation progresses, you will be contacted every four months for an update. Once the investigation is complete, you will be notified and the investigator will write a report and a dossier of evidence will be compiled. A decision will then be made by the NMC on whether a hearing is needed.

You will be presented with a copy of the report and the NMC’s findings to which you can respond within 28 days.

What happens at an Nursing & Midwifery Council hearing?

An NMC hearing is a formal process where three panel members, who are independent of the NMC, will make a decision on your case. At least one of the panel members will be a nurse or midwife.

The case against you will be presented by a case presenter on behalf of the NMC who will call any witnesses for the case. You will also be able to present your evidence.

You can have someone with you in your hearing while you’re giving your evidence, but they are not permitted to participate in the hearing.

A specialist Cartwright King Nurse Lawyer can attend your hearing with you to help  prepare you for giving evidence to the panel.

Following a hearing, a decision will then be made on what action will be taken against you. This can include:

  • No action 
  • Caution order
  • An interim orders hearing
  • Voluntary removal 
  • Conditions of practice order
  • Suspension order
  • Striking-off order

What fitness to practice issues can Cartwright King assist with?

Cartwright King’s specialist Nurse Lawyers can advise and represent you on any fitness to practice issue including, but not limited to:

  • Assessments and record keeping
  • Breaches of interim orders
  • Breaches of the HSCA 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014
  • Communication issues
  • Criminal convictions
  • Dishonesty
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Financial misconduct
  • Medicines management and administration
  • Mental health issues
  • Professional boundaries
  • Quality of care
  • Sexually motivated misconduct

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