Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulators: a legal handbook

second edition
employment,tribunal practice and procedure
Legal Action Group
‘I have no doubt that this handbook is a necessary aid not only for practitioners but for all who are, or are likely to be, involved in regulatory proceedings. I am accordingly happy to commend it.’ Mr Justice Collins, from his foreword to the first edition
‘This book provides a clear, practical, self-contained guide to the fast changing law of healthcare regulation. It is written in such a way as not only to provide assistance to solicitors and barristers but to a much wider audience of healthcare professionals, registrants and lay advisers.’ ARDL Bulletin
‘Legal principles are explained in a user-friendly manner while covering all necessary aspects and providing references if further information is needed.’ Nursing Times
Professional Discipline and Healthcare Regulators is a practical and accessible guide to professional disciplinary hearings before the major healthcare regulators. It provides comprehensive coverage of the legal principles as they apply to fitness to practise proceedings alongside step by step guide to preparation, practice and procedure with tips and tactics for effective representation at all stages of proceedings.
Written by a highly experienced author team who regularly appear in tribunal hearings it is the only claimant-focused guide to this area of law. Anyone representing a claimant needs not only to understand the legal principles underpinning proceedings but to be clear on the nuanced practices and procedures of each professional body.
This second edition has been restructured to make it even easier to navigate the general legal principles and there is extensive cross-referencing throughout. It covers the significant structural changes brought about by the newly formed tribunal services that aim to promote independence between investigation and adjudication stages of fitness to practice proceedings, the use of Legally Qualified Chairs, legal assessors, and the right of appeal against tribunal decisions. There are new chapters on the General Pharmaceutical Council and on appeals and judicial review.
■ General legal principles and preliminary matters ■ Human rights, charges and abuse of process ■ Hearings, evidence and procedure ■ Outcomes, findings and sanctions ■ General Medical Council ■ Nursing and Midwifery Council ■ Health and Care Professions Council ■ General Dental Council ■ General Optical Council ■ General Pharmaceutical Council ■ Appeals and judicial review
This practical handbook is an affordable and accessible guide for lawyers, lay advisers, tribunal members, healthcare professionals, registrants and their union representatives.
The authors are members of Doughty Street Chambers professional discipline and regulatory team.

About the author

Description: Jon Whitfield QC - author
Jon is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. He advises in medical disciplinary proceedings and sits as a legal assessor on GMC cases, he also sits...