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Fitness to Practise for Councils/Boards

How Fitness to Practise Impacts Councils and Boards: Key Considerations

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About this course

Understanding fitness to practice is essential for councils and boards. Explore the key principles and processes involved in assessing professionals' fitness to practice in this course.

Course Syllabus

This Fitness to Practise training programme for Professional Regulators covers the following topics:

  • The A to Z of the complaints process under the governing legislation,
  • Understanding the meaning of “acting in the public interest”,
  • The statutory role of Council/Boards in the complaints process,
  • The statutory role and responsibilities of the screening Committee and Committee of Inquiry,
  • The grounds of complaint,
  • The implication of the Supreme Court’s judgment in Corbally v Medical Council 2015,
  • Understanding what serious means in the context of complaints,
  • Dealing with cases that may warrant an application to the High Court for an immediate suspension of registration,
  •  What does prima facie mean in the context of the screening stage of the complaint?
  • Dealing with non prima facie findings by the screening Committee,
  • Dealing with cases involving indictable convictions,
  • Determining sanctions to be imposed when there are findings at an inquiry,
  • What happens at sanction hearings,
  • The importance of guidance and conditions banks,
  • The right to appeal to the High Court,
  • Sanction confirmation hearings in the High Court,
  • Notification and publication under the governing legislation,
  • Relevant legal judgments and updates.
Cáit Carmody FCCA

CPA, Secretary/Director of Professional Standards, CPA Ireland

I would have no hesitation in recommending La Touche Training for your professional regulatory training needs.

In the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, La Touche Training facilitated our training through the use of technology and managed the entire event seamlessly for us from offsite locations. The polished and experienced presenter developed content for us that was exactly what we were looking for and delivered a super presentation which was both enjoyable and relevant.

Caroline Murphy

Solicitor, Acting Manager Legal Affairs & Fitness to Practise, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

The PSI engages La Touche Training to provide independent and objective training to our statutory Disciplinary Committees and the Council of the PSI in relation to fair procedures, natural justice and quasi-judicial decision making.

From time to time, the PSI also engages La Touche Training for targeted staff training such as that around the management of statutory complaints, risks and issues which arise therein and how to manage them as well as the function of screening committees which consider statutory complaints. The trainer is undoubtedly the leading market expert in professional discipline regulation training, and delivers training in a clear, accessible, and pragmatic way with emphasis on the “real life” environment and the practical implications of decisions and record management. She also brings her experience as a former practicing solicitor, and that gained from working with other regulatory bodies to her courses, which greatly enhances the overall learning environment for attendees, and she is an excellent moderator in sessions involving case studies and feedback. She is calm in her approach, highly professional, open to ideas but very focused on client needs, will always steer the client in its best interests. It is both a pleasure to work with her as well as be a participant in one of her courses and feedback from our attendees and staff is always consistently high.

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The Importance of Fitness to Practise for Councils and Boards