Mr Peter Branston

Profession: Practitioner psychologist

Registration Number: PYL00162

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 19/06/2019 End: 17:00 26/06/2019

Location: Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service, 405 Kennington Road

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Hearing has not yet been held

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Allegation

While registered as a Practitioner Psychologist, with an Educational Psychologist modality and in respect of Offender A, you;

1. Acted outside your scope of practice and/or beyond your level of expertise in that you lack adequate experience and/or training in relation to personality disorders;

2. Did not conduct and/or record an appropriate and/or adequate risk assessment of Offender A, in that:

  1. you did not reference the historical risk factors adequately or at all;
  2. you did not analyse and/or comment on the change in risk profile over time;
  3. you did not adequately analyse and/or comment on Offender A’s account of the index offence.
  4. you did not reference how a Therapeutic Community might benefit Offender A and/or link this suggestion to any identified outstanding risk concerns.

3. Administered two of the four subtests derived from the assessment tool WAIS-iv but you did not :

  1. appropriately describe your administration of the subtests of WAIS-iv;
  2. set out how your application of the subtests would impact on the outcome and/or interpretation of results.

4. Stated in your report that you had assessed Offender A with use of GSE and/or ICI and/or BSI and/or Empathy but:

  1. you did not reference adequately the questionnaire for empathy;
  2. your presentation of the results is inadequate in that:
  1. you did not reference which normative data you considered;
  2. In respect of ICI and/or BSI, you did not reference the results for each factor:
  3. your analysis of the potential contradiction between the questionnaire findings and Offender A’s known history of behaviour was inadequate.

5. Your report does not reference any or any adequate recommendations to assist the Parole Board with its function.

 

Whilst Registered as a practitioner psychologist, with an Educational Psychology modality, you conducted an assessment of Prisoner Offender B on or around 19 November 2014 and you:

6. Acted outside your scope of practice and/or beyond your level of expertise in that:

  1. you lack adequate experience and/or training in relation to risk assessment of adult offenders;

7. Did not conduct and/or record an appropriate and/or adequate risk assessment, in that:

  1. you did not reference the historical risk factors adequately or at all;
  2. you did not analyse and/or comment on the change in risk profile over time;
  3. you did not reference the nature of Offender B’s index offence.

8. Used a number of self-report questionnaires, but you:

  1. did not comment on whether Offender B was able to read the questionnaires;
  2. did not comment on whether you compared Offender B’s psychometric scores with female normative data;

9. You administered only three sub-tests of psychological assessment tool WAIS-iv:

  1. but you did not adequately describe your administration of the subtests of WAIS-iv;
  2. but you did not set out how your application of the subtests would impact on the outcome and/or interpretation of results;
  3. your comments regarding the link between cognitive ability and recidivism were inappropriate and/or misleading in that they do not take into account the current understanding of this area;

10. You recommended counselling, but did not reference which risk issues in Offender B’s case this would address.

11. You concluded that Offender B did not represent ‘an unacceptable risk or danger to the public’ but provided no adequate reasoning as to how you reached this conclusion in that, you did not sufficiently address the following factors within your report:

  1. history of pattern of violence;
  2. alcohol misuse;
  3. an analysis of Offender B’s failure within the community whilst on licence.

12. The matters set out in paragraphs 1 – 11 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence.

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

Finding

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Order

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Notes

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Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Peter Branston

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
19/06/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held