Mrs Catherine M Birnie

Profession: Radiographer

Registration Number: RA27601

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 11:30 13/07/2018 End: 16:00 13/07/2018

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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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 abnormal heart vasculature
ii) you did not detect renal abnormalities until the 32 week scan
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 gestation sac was empty.
iii) that the measurements of the gestational sac measured 1.4mm
b) you only saved one image
6. 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.
7. 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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This hearing has adjourned. The date for the rescheduled hearing is to be confirmed.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mrs Catherine M Birnie

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
14/07/2021 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
10/08/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
13/07/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Adjourned