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"I felt relief, trust and in safe hands from the moment we spoke until the outcome was reached and my only regret is that I delayed contacting him at the outset as it may not have reached the
stage it did had I done so earlier. I cannot recommend Marc highly enough to anyone, regardless of their scope of professional practice within health and social care."
S.M. September 2020
"[Marc drafted] a remarkable response on my behalf. Not only was this faultless, it provided me with the confidence that I had done absolutely everything I could to fight my corner, as I do not
believe a better response could have been written by anyone else.
Despite allowing ten working days, I received the outcome of my panel meeting within two. No case to answer." S.N. August 2020
"From the moment I contacted What Rights and spoke to Marc Walker I felt a sense of relief. He took over all communication with the HCPC and gave me sound and clear advice. SWE decided there was no
need for an investigation and I was deemed fit to practise. I cannot recommend What Rights strongly enough. Marc is a brilliant legal professional and the person to have on your side."
L.L. June 2020
**NEWS FLASH** 29 December 2020
1. Nurse accused of dishonest failure to declare conflict of interest and working for a second employer receives no case to answer decision from the Case Examiners, after investigation lasting over 2 years.
2. Social worker referred to Social Work England successfully defends an application for an interim suspension order and is able to continue working with a 3 month conditions of practice order. This is unheard of by the way. See my blog for more on this.
As of today (20 August 2020) I have 66 current clients and with my years of experience defending clients in NMC, SWE and HCPC fitness to practice proceedings, I can certainly anticipate your needs.* Your case is likely to be one of the following:
• Your employer is disciplining you and threatening to refer you to the NMC or other regulator.
• You've received a fitness to practise letter from the NMC, GMC, SWE, HCPC or other regulator.
• The NMC, GMC, SWE or HCPC want to take out an interim suspension or conditions of practice order against you.
• You want to review an interim order or appeal a final order.
• You have an imminent panel hearing for misconduct/lack of competence allegations.
• You been struck off and wish to apply for restoration to the register.
• Your application for registration or revalidation been refused.
• You have been summoned to attend at an inquest.
*No telepathic abilities implied or warranted
I specialise in helping you keep your hard-earned right to practise your profession:
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Have a look at my past and present cases that might be similar to yours:
Please check my case studies (older cases), my blog (up to date cases) and "News Flash" (above) for examples of cases that may be just like yours. I've also included some examples in the section below. These are all real cases where time and again I've been successful in helping professionals keep or regain their precious right to practice. See what cases I'm dealing with right now, in my list of current cases.
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Case study - dishonest deletion of patient records/failure to escalate safeguarding concerns
I represented [June 2018] a nurse referred to the NMC for dishonestly deleting/concealing patient records and failure to adequately escalate safeguarding concerns. An interim suspension order was applied for by the NMC in October 2017. Because of my early advice and assistance and representation at the hearing, no interim order was made. Following the work done at the early stage, and continued engagement with the NMC, the Case Examiners concluded the case in June 2018 with a 12 month warning for the registrant. This is an exceptional result demonstrating what can be achieved with early instruction.
Case study - failure to adequately care for a deteriorating patient - patient death
I represented [June 2018] a nurse referred to the NMC for allegations of failing to adequately care for a deteriorating patient and poor record keeping in a case resulting in a patient death. Following my advice to the registrant and preparation of detailed submissions to the Case Examiners, the case was dismissed with no case to answer.
Case study - dishonesty - altered child protection records & data breaches
I represented [April 2018] a social worker referred to the HCPC with concerns about their fitness to practice, after dishonestly altering child protection records and making repeat breaches of confidentiality in a short space of time. I was instructed after the Investigating Committee had decided that there was a case to answer, and the registrant had already given their response to the allegations. Unfortunately, that response was also dishonest. As a result of case preparation carried out by us, and my submissions to the panel at the final hearing, the social worker's data breaches were found not to be misconduct. The panel was persuaded that the ultimately admitted dishonest behaviour did not require the registrant to be struck off, and instead suspended them for 6 months. I then argued that no interim suspension order needed to be imposed, and the panel agreed, allowing the social worker 28 days to get their affairs in order before the suspension started.
Case Study - dishonesty - false training certificate
In July 2017, the NMC implemented three new ways for registrants to avoid panel hearings. In less serious cases, registrants can be given advice, receive a warning or agree undertakings.
Today [November 2017], in a dishonesty matter concerning provision of a false training certificate, one of my clients had her case dealt with by way of a warning. The warning attachs to her registration and will stay there for 12 months.
Ordinarily, a matter like this would progress to a panel hearing, with a risk of more severe sanction, such as suspension from practice. However this nurse took early advice, and we were able to put forward a strong case that a panel hearing was not necessary – successfully.
My client, who incidentally was so fearful of the outcome of these proceedings that she was considering another career, can now continue her valued and rewarding work with renewed vigour.
It doesn't matter how bad you think it is - grasp the nettle, get some advice and find out what can be done in your case.
Case Study - dishonesty & lack of competence
I represented [September 2017] a social worker alleged to have incompetently carried out a child risk assessment, and to have then dishonestly covered up her mistakes.
After undermining the evidence of the HCPC's witnesses at the panel hearing, by close and careful questioning, I then made a successful submission that there was no case to answer. The panel agreed that my client's fitness to practice was not impaired and my client was able to go back to practice with their professional reputation intact. Because of my tactics, my client didn't even have to give evidence.
Case Study - multiple allegations
I represented [May 2017] a nurse referred to the NMC by two different referrers, for a considerable number of allegations, ranging from mistreatment of patients to dishonesty. This nurse sensibly instructed me straight away having received the referrals. I made submissions to the NMC which resulted in all of the referrals from one referrer being dropped with no case to answer. All but one of the allegations from the other referrer were also dropped with no case to answer. The final allegation, concerning medicine administration misconduct, went to a panel hearing, listed for 4 days. The first of the two NMC witnesses gave evidence and was strongly questioned by me. The NMC made an application for the second witness to give evidence by web conferencing - I opposed the application and was successful in preventing the witness giving evidence at all. As a result, I made an application on Day 3 for the case to be dismissed with no case to answer. My application was successful and the client was able to go home with a clean PIN that afternoon. She did not even have to give evidence!