Mr Johnny John-Kamen

Profession: Practitioner psychologist

Registration Number: PYL17261

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 09:00 31/08/2016 End: 12:00 31/08/2016

Location: Health and Care Professions Council, 405 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Conditions of Practice

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Allegation

Allegation (as found proved at the final hearing):

Whilst registered as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, you were commissioned on 3 December 2011 by the Diocese of Middlesbrough to carry out a risk assessment, and you:

1. Did not submit a risk assessment to the Diocese of Middlesbrough regarding a Head Teacher, Mr A, by 28 March 2013.

2. Did not respond to letters from the Diocese of Middlesbrough dated:
a) 6 December 2012; and
b) 31 January 2013.

3. The matters described in paragraphs 1-2 constituted misconduct.

4. By reason of your misconduct your fitness to practise was impaired.

Finding

Background:
1. In December 2011 the Registrant was instructed by the Diocese of Middlesborough (“the Diocese”) to undertake a risk assessment of a head teacher within the Diocese, Mr A. An initial meeting with representatives from the Diocese took place in February 2012 at which timescales were discussed and the minutes of the meeting suggest that the Registrant indicated that he could conduct his assessment and produce his report within four weeks.

2. The Registrant attended appointments with Mr A between April and November 2012, however he failed to produce a report for the Diocese.

Decision:

3. By email dated 12 August 2016 the Registrant, through his solicitors, sought a postponement so that the Registrant could attend the hearing in Leeds where the substantive hearing took place.

4. Mr Lazarus renewed that application before the Panel  as an application for an adjournment on the following, grounds:
a. The Registrant  was unable to attend a hearing in London because of onerous caring responsibilities in Leeds;
b. The original substantive hearing had been held in Leeds for that reason;
c. The interests of justice required that the Registrant be able to attend the hearing to deal with important matters relating to his fitness to practise;
d. There was a realistic prospect that an adjournment would enable the Registrant, who is now 72 years of age and has not worked for 4 years, to make appropriate arrangements for his voluntary removal from the register.

5. Mr Williams, on behalf of the HCPC did not oppose the application, subject to the current Conditions of Practice Order continuing until the hearing, in order to ensure that the public interest was properly protected.

6. The Panel had regard to the provisions of Article 32(3) of the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 which requires Panel s to conduct fitness to practise proceedings expeditiously and provides that it is in the interest of all parties, and the wider public interest, that allegations are heard and resolved as quickly as possible.

7. It has also had regard to the HCPC practice note of 2015 which provides that “Panel s proceedings should not be postponed or adjourned unless it is shown that failing to do so will create a potential injustice.”

8. Having regard to the evidence of the very significant difficulties experienced by the Registrant, the fact that the substantive hearing was held in Leeds, that the Registrant  had attempted to secure the relocation of the hearing on 12 August and the substantial risk of injustice if the Registrant  could not attend the hearing, the Panel found that there was a substantial risk of injustice if the hearing proceeded today in the absence of the Registrant  and decided to agree the application to adjourn the hearing to the first available date in Leeds.

9. The Panel made enquiries about the possibility of fixing a date for the hearing in Leeds but that was not possible.

10. The Panel has also considered what steps, if any, to take in respect of the Conditions of Practice Order, which will expire on 1 October 2016.

11. The Panel bore in mind that at a review hearing the onus is on the Registrant to demonstrate that his fitness to practise is no longer impaired.

12. The Registrant is not in a position to demonstrate that today and he has not worked since the end of 2012. He states that he has retired and has no intension of resuming work as a Registrant Practitioner Psychologist.

13. In the circumstances, the Panel is satisfied that that the public interest requires that the present order remain in place until the issue of the Registrant’s fitness to practise can be properly addressed.

14. The Panel enquired when a hearing could be arranged in Leeds. The best information it could obtain was that a period of 4 to 6 months would be required.

15. The Panel hopes that a hearing will be arranged sooner than that.  Nevertheless it is satisfied that it should exercise its powers under order 30(4) (c) of the  Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 to extend the period for which the Order has effect, for 6 months, to 1 April 2017.

Order

Order:
The Registrar is directed to extend the Conditions of Practice Order against the registration of Mr Johnny John-Kamen for a further period of 6 months on the expiry of the existing order.

1. You will notify the HCPC within 7 days of accepting any work as a practitioner psychologist.

2. You will not commence any such work until you have engaged the services of a peer supervisor who is registered as a practitioner psychologist by the HCPC. You will provide the HCPC with details of this supervisor within 14 days.

3. You must attend upon that supervisor as required and follow their advice and recommendations.

4. You will discuss and reflect upon the following with your supervisor at every supervision meeting:-
a) The effectiveness of communication between you and any party engaging your services;
b) The effectiveness of your time management of each case.

5. You will maintain a record of matters discussed at each supervision meeting which must be signed by your supervisor and sent to the HCPC within 14 days and will be considered by a future reviewing panel.

6. You must inform the following parties that your registration is subject to these conditions:-
a) any organisation or person employing or contracting with you to undertake professional work;
b) any agency you are registered with or apply to be registered with (at the time of application); c) any prospective employer ( at the time of application).

7. You will be responsible for meeting any and all costs associated with complying with these conditions.

Notes

No notes available

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Johnny John-Kamen

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
02/03/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Voluntary Removal agreed
22/11/2016 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
31/08/2016 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice