Fitness to Practise Inquiries

Over the last 13 years La Touche Training has worked with the majority of regulatory bodies in Ireland and continues to do so. We have gained vast experience and have built up an expertise in the provision of effective training for regulators, enhancing their skills and performance. 

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Fitness to Practise Inquiries


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

  • Understanding my role on an inquiry panel
  • Understanding the role of others at an inquiry
  • The role of the Legal Assessor and Medical Assessor
  • What is the significance of the Notice of Inquiry?
  • Understanding the difference between factual allegations and grounds
  • The grounds of referral under your governing legislation?
  • JR grounds and fair procedures at an inquiry
  • The onus and standard of proof at an inquiry
  • Understanding what will/may be presented to you before you before and at the inquiry
  • Case management and call overs
  • Dealing with preliminary applications – applications for privacy/anonymity; adjournments; witnesses’ summonses and other applications
  • The inquiry procedure
  • The role of the Chair at the inquiry and effective chairing skills
  • What constitutes evidence and understanding how the rules of evidence are applied
  • The difference between witnesses as to fact and expert witnesses
  • Understanding the role and duties of expert witnesses
  • Dealing with undertakings and consents at the inquiry stage
  • The deliberations stage- applying the standard of proof and determining whether the allegations and grounds are proven beyond reasonable doubt
  • Recommending sanctions
  • The importance of the public interest
  • The importance of reasons 
  • Writing the Report 
  • What happens next – sanctions hearings, the right to appeal, confirmation of sanctions and publication

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