Title: Professional discipline and healthcare regulators: a legal handbook
Authors: Christopher Sallon, Jon Whitfield, Gemma Hobcraft
Publisher: Legal Action Group
Reviewer: Katherine Potts, cardiac specialist nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust
What was it like?
This book is a practical handbook for anyone involved in or needing to advise others about the disciplinary and healthcare regulatory procedures. The handbook is written by experts in the field from legal backgrounds who are involved in representing or advising healthcare professionals involved in regulatory proceedings. There are eight chapters with three general chapters – chapter 1 covering general legal principles, chapter 7 covering linked litigation and other cross-cutting issues and chapter 8 cover the Independent Safeguarding Authority. These general chapters provide an overview relevant to all healthcare professional bodies and related issues to the disciplinary and regulatory process. There are references to case law and other relevant documents with tables of statutes, cases and guidance provided for reference. The other chapters are the procedures and processes of specific regulators with the following included: The General Medical Council, The Nursing and Midwifery Council, The Health and Care Professionals Council, The General Dental Council and The General Optical Council. These chapters provide specifics to the regulator including the process, the hearing, findings and possible orders or sanctions of the specific regulating body.
What were the highlights?
The structure of the book allows the reader to find only the relevant or needed sections or provides a more comprehensive overview for those wishing to utilise the whole of the text. The chapters are easy to navigate with a contents page and also key points of what is covered in the chapter.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The text is up to date with current legal cases, guidelines and legislation including the impact of The European Convention on Human Rights on regulatory proceedings. The strengths are that the legal principles are explained in a user-friendly manner while covering all necessary aspects and providing further references if further information is needed. Key terms are explained along with practical procedures involved in the regulatory process.
Who should read it?
This book would be useful for anyone involved in the discipline and healthcare regulatory procedures or those needing to advise others about these procedures. This includes trade union representatives, managers, panel members, lawyers, advisers and health care professionals.