I recently had a Fitness to Practice case regarding a nursing student at an English based University. The student came to me because she was concerned she was not going to get the best advice from the Union, which is fine, her prerogative.
I took on the case for her, prepared the submissions, liaised with the University, made them realise they had to do things right. By that I mean provide actual signed statements of witnesses and make sure they attend the hearing, not just rely upon some unsworn email drafted by some random member of staff…
Unfortunately, the University was vehemently opposed to me attending the hearing (I wonder why..?!?! Although in fairness the regulations did not allow it). The student decided to ask for somebody at the Union advice centre to represent her. The person initially appointed by the Union to take the case accepted himself that he was not qualified or experienced enough to be able to effectively represent the student.
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