What You Need To Be Prepared For if Facing An Inquiry

How Can You Support Your Colleagues & Staff In These Cases?

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel,
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 29th June 2018

Following on from the success of the last few years of this conference, attendees from previous years have had extremely positive feedback on the day stating that the conference gave them great insight into what to expect if involved in a fitness to practice inquiry and what you need to be prepared for or how they can support staff.

This year’s programme will focus more in depth on recent cases and how their decisions and judgements have impacted on the Fitness to Practise arena going forward. There will also be a greater emphasis on the impact of cases on staff and colleagues and how you should support individuals involved in cases.

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the Early Bird Rate of €345.00 + VAT (Normal rate €445.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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This conference will be of interest to all professionals working in our healthcare services including directors of nursing, nurses, regulators, legal consultants, social care professionals, pharmaceutical professionals, and educators, dental, veterinary, teachers, barristers, architects etc. and anyone who could find themselves subject to a fitness to practice inquiry.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4pm

Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson

Prima facie stage – rules and procedures explained
Speaker: Simon Mills, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • Grounds and origins of complaints. What is a prima facie decision?
  • Legal principles in making prima facie decision.
  • Reasons – The Flynn case, obligations of committee to give reasons for decisions
  • What to do if a complaint is made about you / Procedure – Importance of response at prima facia consideration stage /
  • Seeking legal representation advice.
  • Mediation – its role in the screening process; different provisions for different professions.

Sanctions & Publications
Speaker: Ruth O’Connor, Partner, O’Connor Solicitors

  • Statutory process for imposition of sanction – role of Councils and High Court
  • Sanctions available
  • Purpose of sanctions
  • Factors determining appropriate sanction, eg aggravating & mitigating factors
  • Recent case law including the Dowling case

The inquiry
Speaker: Louise Beirne, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • Processes pre-inquiry
  • Pre-inquiry preparation – what are the essentials?
  • Case management, call over hearing.
  • Hearing practicalities you must know.
  • Role of the Legal Assessor
  • Applications for hearing to be heard in private
  • Dealing with minors in the context of the Inquiry
  • Recent fitness to practise cases – key details and outcomes to use for future cases.

The panel & witness requirements and responsibilities
Speaker: Patrick McCann, Senior Counsel

  • Who is the panel made up of – who can you expect to be facing
  • The difference between witness of fact and expert witness
  • What is expected of witnesses

After Corbally – Poor Professional Performance
Speaker: William Kennedy, Director of Regulation & Legal Advisor Professional Standards, The Medical Council

  • What is “poor professional performance”?
  • What professions does it apply to and how?
  • What were the issues in Corbally v Medical Council
  • The High Court’s decision and its effect
  • Where now? The UK Approach?

Professional competency schemes – Assessing Performance in practice – an alternative approach to Resolving fitness-to-practice concerns

  • Explore efficient and appropriate approaches from the perspective of public safety and supporting good practice – additional measures to fitness to practise inquiries. 
  • Hear the Medical Council new procedures (a “professional competency scheme”) to assess doctors’ performance in practice in response to concerns about fitness-to-practice
  • Discussing the value and implications for fitness-to-practise procedures

Involvement of the media and public access to the process – what has changed
Speaker: Joe Mulrean, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • Media reporting on hearings – where to registrants stand and what are your rights
  • Can we expect changes in this space when it comes to public hearings and publicity
  • Publication of disciplinary outcomes

Criminal Activities & Conduct in the workplace
Speaker: Eoghan Cole, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • What are your statutory reporting obligations when a crime may have been committed in the workplace?
  • What are your professional reporting obligations when a crime may have been committed?
  • How do regulators of professionals deal with reports of criminal conduct?

Interim Suspension orders (pending inquiry)

  • Circumstances where interim suspension orders are sought
  • Procedures – Council / Board and High Court
  • Criteria for granting

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service.

Dr. Simon Mills

Dr. Simon Mills

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Dr Simon Mills is a barrister, author and former GP, qualifying in Medicine from TCD, in Law from UCD and in Medical Ethics from Imperial College London.

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He has lectured in medical law and medical ethics at the Law Society, RCSI and other third level institutions. He is a regular contributor to the media on topics relating to medical law and medical ethics. He is the author of Clinical Practice and the Law (Bloomsbury, 2nd edn, 2007, 3rd edn in preparation) and the lead author of Disciplinary Procedures in the Statutory Professions (Bloomsbury, 2011). He has a general common law practice, with a particular emphasis on all aspects of clinical law, including professional negligence, disciplinary matters and coroners’ inquests.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

EARLY BIRD RATE €345 + VAT per Person – (Closing Friday 15th June) Normal Rate @ €445 + VAT.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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  • 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

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