Nursing Associates – The Nursing and Midwifery Council have agreed to the request that they should take responsibility for regulating the newly created ‘Nursing Associates’ role. The NMC strongly believe that the public would expect that any role with Nursing in the title should be subject to proper regulation. This new role has been introduced as part and parcel of the government’s overall commitment to the strengthening of the National Health Service.
The Nursing Associates role was developed as an intermediate role between that of registered nurses and health care support workers. It is expected to be both a stand-alone position as well as a recognised route to becoming a registered nurse. The intention is that nursing associates will have foundation degrees but registered nurses will still have primary responsibility. There are currently 35 pilot training sites with the first tranche expected in 2019.
If you are a registered nurse or a nursing associate, there may be times in your career where you may face legal or regulatory problems in the course of carrying out your role. If you find yourself in such circumstances, engaging qualified legal assistance can significantly improve your chances of a positive outcome.
My Legal Background
I have appeared before a wide variety of tribunals and courts including, the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, General Dental Council and General Chiropractors Council, having defended large numbers of healthcare professionals before disciplinary and regulatory tribunals for issues. These issues have included; lack of competence, misconduct, negligence and issues of fitness to practice relating to conduct and competence and ill health.
During my professional practise, I have successfully represented all levels of clinicians. These have come from all areas of healthcare and include doctors, nurses and midwives, as well as other regulated professional roles such as paramedics, social workers, dentists, physiotherapists, speech therapists and chiropractors.
I am able to advise on how to respond to complaints, misconduct and impairment issues, registration, fitness to practice, interim hearings, restoration to the Register, preparation for hearings and bundle preparation, preparation for mitigation, and appeals and I can represent you all stages of the disciplinary and regulatory process and can appear before all tribunals and courts.
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