Please click the links to download the required resources. These are posted here for use as required by anyone who needs them, free of charge. Author – Craig Longstaff.
The Department of Health Directions, December �03
These were written for the management of suspensions of doctors and dentists. In a letter from the Minister of State, Rt. Hon John Hutton, MP to Brian Jenkins MP dated or received 5th Oct. 04, Mr Hutton wrote that the current procedures for doctors and dentists are based on the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service best practice and can be adapted for other staff groups.
The Directions are therefore vital in the handling of your case. They can be downloaded from www.dh.gov.uk A-Z site index, D scroll to Doctors and dentists discipline and suspension. For a summary of the main points see the web site Important Directions whose principles are relevant to all staff for management of staff suspensions (click here if you would like to view a web-based version of these directions).
New To view a suggested incident diary log click here (credit for this must go to Craig Longstaff).
The Nursing and Midwifery Council professional advisers will listen in confidence and give you their view. Tel: 020 7333 6541/6550/6553. I have always found it fairly easy to get through to one of them. They will also explain their procedures should your employer report you to them.
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has a helpline 0300 1231100. The helpline advisor is able to explain employment processes and such matters as unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal. It is available Monday 8am-8pm, Tuesday 8am-6pm, Wednesday to Thursday 8am-8pm and Friday 8am-6pm. They can also be contacted by their on line service.
Legal advice from solicitors who specialise in employment law. You can find out who your local employment solicitors are by looking at www.lawsociety.org.uk The site will also give you advice about the service solicitors offer and how to prepare for meetings with them.
Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS
Tel: 0207210 3000
Web address: www.dh.gov.uk
Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place, London W1B 1PZ Tel: 020 7637 7181
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Head Office: Brandon House, 180 Borough High St, London SE1 1LW