Mrs Maria Barnes

Profession: Orthoptist

Registration Number: OR01277

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 24/02/2020 End: 13:00 24/02/2020

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

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Suspended

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Allegations as found proven at the final hearing:
Whilst registered as an Orthoptist and during the course of your employment as Lead Orthoptist for Enhanced and Supplementary Services at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust:
1. In relation to approximately 12 patients, you:
a) Accessed their personal contact details recorded in NHS patient referral records;
b) Used the personal contact details set out in particular 1a) in order to make unsolicited   telephone calls to the patients’ parents and/or guardians;
c) During the telephone calls referred to in particular 1b) sought to redirect NHS literacy difficulty referrals to your private practice, ‘Maria Barnes Vision Services’.
2. Your conduct as described at particular 1 was dishonest.
3. The matters described at particulars 1a), 1b), 1c and/or 2 constitute misconduct.
4. By reason of your misconduct your fitness to practise is impaired.


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The Registrar is directed to suspend the registration of Ms Maria E Barnes for a further period of 12 months on the expiry of the existing Suspension Order.


The order imposed today will apply from 28 March 2020.
This order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 28 March 2021.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mrs Maria Barnes

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
24/02/2020 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Suspended
19/02/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Suspended
26/02/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Suspended