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Nursing & Midwifery Council v NS & Others

Neair Maqboul defended NS, a ward manager employed by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who faced fitness to practise proceedings before her professional regulator, following the suicide of a patient who had a longstanding history of mental health difficulties and who had recently been admitted into the care of the registrant.

Following the inquest touching on the patient’s death, in which healthcare professionals were heavily criticised, nurse NS faced proceedings before the Nursing & Midwifery Council. She faced a number of charges which ranged from failures to provide personalised care plans for the patient and failures to provide basic needs on the ward, to causing or contributing to the patient’s death.

Following a successful application to exclude the expert’s evidence, and at the close of the NMC’s case, all 12 charges against Nurse NS were dismissed on the basis of there being no case to answer. Nurse NS remains able to practise without any restriction on her nursing pin.

Neair Maqboul was instructed by the in-house legal team at the RCN.