Speakers: Mark Swindells, David Abrahams
Chair: Fiona Horlick QC
Description: The next seminar in our Ethics Series will look at ethics in the healthcare sector and the private/professional boundary in relation to fitness to practise concerns.
Mark Swindells will discuss the GMC’s ethical guidance, with a focus on private/professional boundary.
David Abrahams will speak about the private/professional boundary in relation to fitness to practise concerns, with a particular emphasis on social media concerns.
This seminar will take place remotely, on an appropriate platform. Those signing up will be provided with a link in advance of the seminar. Please note that the seminar is open to members only and you will be asked to confirm that you are a member before joining the event.
Fiona Horlick QC, Outer Temple and Deans Court Chambers
Fiona has a regular and extensive practice both defending and prosecuting regulated professionals. This practice encompasses disciplinary proceedings before regulators, criminal trials, inquests and employment/internal disciplinary hearings
The professionals include but are not limited to Healthcare professionals such as doctors, dentists and pharmacists, Financial Services professionals including Accountants and Actuaries, Legal Services professionals including Solicitors, Barristers and Legal Executives.
She has represented many top consultants and surgeons in a wide variety of matters including poor clinical practice, dishonesty and sexual misconduct allegations. She has defended in the full range of performance, misconduct and health cases, often working in sensitive cases.
Fiona has conducted a number of serious and complicated cases regarding the regulation of actuaries on behalf of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Such cases invariably involve complex matters of expert evidence with regard to pensions and insurance.
Mark Swindells, Assistant Director, Standards and Ethics at the General Medical Council
Mark is the Assistant Director for the Standards and Ethics team at the GMC. This team is responsible for Good Medical Practice and other supporting guidance which is produced for all UK doctors to follow. We produce learning materials and give advice on medical standards and ethics through our enquiry service.
Prior to joining the GMC in 2018, Mark worked in the civil service, latterly as Head of Strategic Reform and Priorities at the Department for International Development. Prior to that he held a number of policy, operational and private office roles at the Department for
Work and Pensions.
David Abrahams, Senior Policy Lawyer at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
David Abrahams is a Senior Policy Lawyer at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He is an employed barrister with extensive experience in the regulatory field, having previously worked at the Standards Board for England, the Bar Standards Board and the General Pharmaceutical Council.