Mrs Catherine M Birnie

Profession: Radiographer

Registration Number: RA27601

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 12:30 04/01/2017 End: 17:00 04/01/2017

Location: Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS), 405 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Adjourned

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(as amended at the Final Hearing)


During the course of your employment as a Radiographer at Princess Elizabeth Hospital between January 2013 and 11 November 2014:


1. In or around June 2013, you submitted at least one image which you did not take, to the Foetal Medicine Foundation, when applying for accreditation to undertake Nuchal Translucency measurements for screening Down’s Syndrome.


2. You prepared around 8/10 foetal images that were of a poor quality.


3. You prepared 9 paired images that were scanned poorly.


4. In relation to Person A, a baby born with Down’s Syndrome:


a) your antenatal scans were inadequate in that:

i) you did not detect that the baby had two holes in their heart

ii) you did not detect that the baby had abnormal heart vasculature

iii) you did not detect renal abnormalities until the 32 week scan

b) you did not report renal abnormalities to the obstetrician.


5. In relation to Service User B, you performed a 12 week scan on 22 October 2013 and:


a) incorrectly reported:

i) that the pregnancy had failed;

ii) that the uterus was empty;

iii) that the gestation sac was empty.

iv) that the measurements of the gestational sac measured 1.4mm

b) you only saved one image


6. In relation to Service User C, you performed a scan and told the Service User that the baby was alive when it had demised.


7. On or around 15th January 2014, in relation to Service User D, your scan and accompanying report did not provide a sufficiently detailed conclusion relating to the abnormalities shown in the Service User’s liver.


8. In relation to Service User E, your report of the image scans taken on 20th February 2014 was inaccurate, in that:


a) you indicated that the service user had an enlarged ovary in-keeping with polycystic ovaries when this was not the case;

b) you inadvertently measured the service user’s uterus instead of her ovaries.


9. The matters set out in paragraphs 1-8 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence.


10. By your reason of your misconduct and/or lack of competence, your fitness to practise is impaired.



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Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mrs Catherine M Birnie

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
10/08/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
13/07/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Adjourned
24/01/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Suspended
23/10/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Suspended
04/01/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Adjourned