We all understand why professional regulation is so important, particularly when those professionals are in direct contact with the sick, elderly or vulnerable. Safeguarding patients is paramount, but so is making sure that dedicated nurses and midwives receive a fair hearing and can put forward their best possible case. Livelihoods are often at stake and the FTP process can involve months or even years of uncertainty.
Through the FTP programme students will be assisting nurses and midwives who are the subject of fitness to to practice proceedings by their regulator and who, for whatever reason, do not have access to legal representation.
Initially this will be through developing a detailed understanding of the case and identifying the key issues, viewed in context of the probative value of the available evidence and any relevant caselaw.
Our primary goal is to be able to inform the individual client so that they in turn can make informed choices, whether that is decisions on how they present their case, or whether they should seek actively legal advice on specific points.
The programme offers unique insight into professional regulation and the procedures and statutory powers deployed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the exercise of its duties. It will also touch on areas of public law, such as judicial review and the appellate role of the High Court.
The programme takes place over the course of six weeks, with regular interaction with the FLC team as well as weekly Zoom calls to update on progress and discuss your client’s case. Students will be working in groups who are assigned at least one client case to review. All work is completed remotely, so you can participate from anywhere the world and do not need to attend our offices.
The programme is suitable for anyone who is studying law, regardless of whether this is at undergraduate, postgraduate or on a professional practice course. No medical knowledge is required.
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