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Brexit Part 1: Implications for the NHS, EU immigrant nurses and doctors

With concerns over staffing, NHS funding and abusive behaviour from patients towards doctors and nurses, the full impact of Brexit on UK healthcare is already turbulent, despite it not yet being clear exactly what will happen with the right to free movement within the EU. Although there is still a great deal of negotiating to do before the UK completely pulls out of Brussels, healthcare professionals are understandably worried about what Brexit will mean for them.

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Brexit Part 2: Increase in racist behaviour; implications for doctors and nurses; can I decline to treat?

During the first week after the UK voted to leave the EU, the frequency of hate crimes being reported increased by an incredible 57%, according to the police-funded hate crime reporting website ‘True Vision’. Reporting charity ‘Stop Hate UK’ and anti-Islamophobia organisation ‘Tell Mama’’ also reported dramatic increases in the rate of reports of racism and xenophobia. News websites and social media channels were awash with reports of abuse directed towards EU and non-EU migrants by British citizens who believed that a successful vote for Brexit gave them a free pass for hate speech. These scenarios occurred all over the UK, even in healthcare environments.

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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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Bankside Law welcomes new expert Krystal Whyment

Bankside Law is delighted to welcome Krystal Whyment to its team of professional disciplinary and white collar crime lawyers. Krystal is a barrister who specialises in a wide range of professional disciplinary and criminal work. Krystal began her career at the independent Bar  during which time she undertook a lengthy secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practice team. She then went on to work for solicitors DWF LLP where she specialised in healthcare regulatory work and judicial review.
John Williams commented
“A warm welcome to Krystal. We are very pleased to have secured her services. We believe she brings together a broad range of experience of professional disciplinary work both as an advocate and as a fee earner advising clients and preparing cases. Combined with her criminal experience and her excellent client care skills she is an ideal candidate for us to complement and add to our busy team. Her judicial review experience is a particular strength and one which we intend on utilising to the full.”
Krystal commented
“Joining Bankside Law is a very exciting step. Having seen the work that they do, I knew that my expertise would complement an already flourishing team.”

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..