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Nursing and Midwifery Council – Revalidation overview

On 1st April 2016, the Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced a revalidation process for all registered nurses and midwives working in the UK.

The aims of this new process are to increase awareness of required professional standards and the Code of Practice, to allow nurses the chance to reflect on their work and how these standards apply, to keep staff updated on current developments and to foster the growth of professional networks within which best practice is shared and disseminated. It is intended that these changes will increase public confidence in the profession.

Each registration period lasts for three years, during which members are expected to meet various requirements. These include 450 hours of professional practice (or 900 if you are registered as a midwife as well as a nurse) and 35 hours of continued professional development (CPD). There must be evidence of five pieces of feedback relating to practice, five written pieces reflecting on CPD undertaken, and reflection on these accounts with a fellow registered nurse or midwife. In addition, nurses will also have to make a declaration about their health and good character, demonstrate that they have professional indemnity cover and get confirmation from another professional (such as a line manager) that they meet all revalidation requirements.

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VAT Fraud

Bill Wilson represented a client charged with 15 Counts of Fraud and 1 Count of Possession of an article for use in Fraud.
The frauds were perpetrated against HM Revenue & Customs between 2013 – 2014 which involved the submission of VAT repayment returns for 7 different companies. Issues which arose during the course of the case involved coercion and involvement of others, Computer IP addresses together with reports to HMRC Fraud Hotline.  The case was dealt with at the Central Criminal Court and Southwark Crown Court. The case was investigated by HM Revenue & Customs and prosecuted by CPS Complex Casework Unit..

Disclosure and Barring Certificates; Do you need Help?

Disclosure and Barring Certificates [DBS Certificates] are impacting more and more on a wider variety of professional people and members of the public. We at Bankside Law have found this is an area on which we are increasingly being asked to advise and represent our clients to avoid the harsher effect of the DBS certificates and their impact not just on job opportunities but careers generally. We have successfully assisted doctors, teachers, social workers and other professionals in overturning unfair, disproportionate and prejudicial wording imposed on DBS certificates by the police

John Williams commented

Here at Bankside Law we are starting to see a pattern of cases where we have been successful in defending professional clients charged with criminal offences where the police seek to impact on their careers by not just referring to the charges and the acquittal but also by then passing prejudicial opinion on the risk posed by the professional to vulnerable adults or children. We have developed an expertise in pursuing such cases to the Independent Monitor and either overturning the reference in the certificate to the criminal allegations in their entirety or amending the wording to remove the prejudicial and disproportionate wording put forward by the police. In one case the cost of this was covered by a legal expenses insurance policy on a household building and contents insurance held by our client.”

Whether you are a doctor, nurse, other health professional, teacher or member of the public, if you have a problem with a DBS Certificate call John Williams or Bill Wilson on 0207 402 2356 for a free initial telephone consultation.

Accountancy Fraud

Bill Wilson represented a client charged with 18 Counts of Theft and 1 Count of Perverting the Course of Justice, between 2012 - 2013.
The allegations arose from the client’s position within an accountancy practice in London where it was alleged that monies had been diverted utilising international client accounts, without the client's authority or knowledge. Issues relevant to the case included consent and knowledge of the payments. The case was dealt with at Southwark Crown Court and was prosecuted by CPS Complex Casework Unit..

Fraud

Bill Wilson represented a client who admitted a fraud whereby £1.2 million had been diverted between 2006 – 2008. The facts were that various transfers had been made to shell companies on the basis that they were legitimate businesses and were owed funds. The case was dealt with at Southwark Crown Court and was prosecuted by CPS Special Casework Team.