Mrs Rokeya Hossain

Profession: Biomedical scientist

Registration Number: BS55476

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 14/12/2016 End: 12:30 14/12/2016

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

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: No further action

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Allegation

As proved at the Final hearing:

Whilst employed as a Biomedical Scientist with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, between 2 November 2010 and 6 September 2011 you;

 

1)    Did not perform to the standard expected of a Band 6 Biomedical Scientist, in that on a number of occasions you;

 

a)    Did not perform laboratory tests and procedures accurately and effectively.

b)    Did not interpret and/or report the results of laboratory tests correctly.

c)    Did not correctly perform quality control tests and/or act upon their results.

d)    Did not recognise where you were making mistakes.

e)    Did not organise allocated work in an effective and timely manner.

f)     Did not communicate effectively with colleagues.

g)    Did not follow oral instructions from your senior colleagues.

 

2)    The matters set out in paragraph 1 amount to a lack of competence

 

3)    By reason of this lack of competence, you fitness to practise is impaired.

Finding

Background:
 
1. The Registrant, Mrs Hossain commenced work at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (“the Trust”) in August 2002 as a volunteer in Specimen Reception. Shortly afterwards, on 28 October 2002, she became a Trainee Biomedical Scientist. After completing her training she was appointed a Band 6 Biomedical Scientist in March 2007. She worked as an autonomous practitioner in Haematology and Blood Transfusion on the night shift for the next two years.

2. Concerns about the Registrant’s capability were raised during the course of her employment. She was eventually dismissed from that employment and her appeal against her dismissal was not upheld. The Registrant worked briefly for two periods as a Band 6 Biomedical Scientist before she became seriously unwell. A period of inpatient treatment for a health condition lasted until March 2013. Thereafter, the Registrant was diagnosed with an unrelated serious health condition which required surgery and a lengthy period of treatment and recuperation.
3. It was not until June 2104 that the Registrant was able to contemplate a return to work. She worked as a locum Biomedical Scientist for a total period of seven weeks in two locum appointments at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Nottingham Kingsmill Hospital respectively.
4. A HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee imposed an eighteen months conditions of practice order on the Registrant’s registration at a final hearing which concluded on 22 June 2015. This is the first review of the conditions of practice order.
5. Since the last hearing the Registrant has applied for and successfully obtained locum employment at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital through an agency called Your World. She started work at the hospital on 4 April 2016 and has worked successfully and without incident in a Band 5 Biomedical Scientist role.

Decision:
 
6. The Panel heard evidence from the Registrant, considered the documentation contained in the hearing bundle and the further information received from the Registrant by email.
7. The Panel is satisfied from all of the material before it that the Registrant has fully engaged with the fitness to practise process and complied with the conditions imposed on her registration.
8. The Panel has concluded that the records submitted by the Registrant demonstrate that she now meets the competencies which were the subject of concern at the original hearing.
9. The Panel accepts the Registrant’s evidence that she meets with her supervisor for regular monthly supervision. It also noted her evidence that she is a member of the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (“IBMS”) and actively uses the continuing professional development tools which it offers including journal-based learning, listening to online lectures and other reading. The Registrant has registered for a diploma of expert practice in routine haematology offered by IBMS and hopes to undertake the examination in 2017.
10. In her evidence the Registrant reflected on changes in her approach and practice since the earlier incidents and the 2015 hearing. The Registrant told the Panel that she was very aware of the need to keep her clinical knowledge and skills up to date if she had a break from practice, for whatever reason. She stated that she was better able to identify the limits on her knowledge and to seek advice and assistance where necessary. The Registrant said that she felt able to accept comments on her work as constructive. She told the Panel that she has made a conscious effort to communicate with colleagues more effectively and that she was now more aware of her own health needs.
11. On behalf of the HCPC, Mr Doyle submitted that this Panel ought to consider whether the Registrant’s fitness to practise is currently impaired. He told the Panel that the HCPC adopted a neutral stance in relation to whether the Registrant has demonstrated sufficient remediation in relation to the clinical concerns which brought her before the HCPC. Mr Doyle did comment positively on the Registrant’s engagement with the HCPC and her compliance with the conditions on her registration. He reminded the Panel that it was required to balance the need to protect the public with fairness to the Registrant. 
12. On behalf of the Registrant, Mr Galvin submitted that restrictions on the Registrant’s practice were no longer necessary. He submitted that the Registrant has demonstrated a high degree of engagement, insight and commitment to her current Band 5 role.
13. Before reaching its decision today the Panel had regard to all of the information placed before it, the submissions of the parties and the HCPC’s Indicative Sanctions Policy. The Panel also accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor.
14. The Panel reminded itself that it must not go behind the decision of the original panel. Instead its task is to determine if the current Order remains an appropriate and proportionate Order, taking account of the Registrant’s current fitness to practise, the need to protect the public and the wider public interest considerations.
15. The Panel has concluded that the Registrant’s current fitness to practice is not impaired by reason of any lack of competence. The work which the Registrant has undertaken to improve and update her knowledge and skills has remedied her lack of capability. The Panel noted that there had been no errors arising from her work as a Biomedical Scientist which the Registrant had been required to report or reflect upon. Those managing her have commented postivley her competence, professionalism and commitment. They have also described “her ability to manage her workload in an effective and timley manner”.
16. The Panel is satisfied that the training and assessment undertaken by the Registrant is entirely appropriate and in keeping with her role as a Band 5 Biomedical Scientist.
17. The Panel was impressed by the Registrant’s commitment to her work and to her level of engagement. It considers that she has reflected appropriately on past events and has shown a significant level of insight.
18. The Panel has concluded that an order restricting the Registrant’s registration is no longer necessary. She does not present a risk to members of the public who may need her services nor is there any wider public interest that requires a restriction on her registration.

Order

ORDER:

The Registrar is directed to revoke the existing conditions of practice order with immediate effect.

Notes

 

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mrs Rokeya Hossain

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
14/12/2016 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing No further action