Miss Sarah Jane Perrin

Profession: Dietitian

Registration Number: DT13670

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 15/07/2020 End: 17:00 15/07/2020

Location: Hearing taking place virtually

Panel: Health Committee
Outcome: Conditions of Practice

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Allegation

Allegations as found proven at the Final Hearing

By reason of your physical and/or mental health, your fitness to practise as a Dietitian is impaired.

Finding

Preliminary Matters

1. Ms K applied for the entire hearing to be conducted in private as this is a case concerning the Registrant’s health, which is central to this hearing. Ms B supported this application. The Legal Assessor advised that this course would be appropriate. In those circumstances, the Panel decided to conduct the whole hearing in private.

This review hearing


2. The HCPC relied on a bundle of documents and the Registrant placed further documents in evidence before the Panel.

3. Ms K, on behalf of the HCPC, submitted that the Registrant’s fitness to practice remained impaired, particularly in view of the absence of a medical report as required by Condition 10. She accepted that the Registrant had in substance complied with the remaining conditions, so far as these had been engaged. She submitted that a further Conditions of Practice Order should be imposed for a period of 12 months on the same terms as the current order, so far as still relevant.

4. Ms B, on behalf of the Registrant, accepted that there was a need for a reviewing panel to have before it medical evidence relevant to the registrant’s health conditions. She explained why it was that the Registrant had been unable to obtain the report in time for this hearing and referred to correspondence from the HCPC and HCPTS which she said did not give her sufficient time to obtain the report. Ms Brown submitted that a period of 6 months was sufficient for a Conditions of Practice Order. The conditions, she submitted, should be directed at obtaining the necessary medical evidence and wider restrictions were not necessary.

5. The Legal Assessor gave advice to the Panel, which it has accepted. In summary, the advice was that at a review hearing the registrant is required to show that their fitness to practise is no longer impaired by reason of the facts found by the panel at the substantive hearing: see Abrahaem v GMC [2008] EWHC 183 (Admin).

Decision


6. In view of those risks, this Panel is satisfied that public confidence in the profession, and the need to uphold public confidence in the profession  and the HCPC as its regulator, would be undermined if a finding of  impairment were not made at this review hearing.


7. The Panel has decided that a Conditions of Practice Order is the necessary order in the circumstances, in the terms set out below. Those conditions exclude those that are no longer necessary because they have been substantially met, namely Conditions 1-5 and 7 of the original order. The obligation to submit medical evidence in advance of the review hearing has been recast in a form that allows the Registrant to produce that evidence at any time prior to the next review hearing. The other restrictions (Conditions 6,8-16) will remain in slightly modified form as they provide necessary safeguards, particularly if the Registrant should wish to practise as a Dietitian before the next review hearing.

8. The Panel has decided that a period of 6 months is appropriate for the Conditions of Practice Order, to enable the Registrant to obtain the necessary medical evidence for the next review hearing.

Order

The Registrar is directed to annotate the HCPC Register to show that for a period of 6 months from the date that this Order takes effect (“the Operative Date”) you Sarah Jane Perrin must comply with the following Conditions of Practice:

1. Once you are in work (as a Dietitian) you must place yourself and remain under the supervision of a workplace supervisor who is registered with the HCPC. You must supply details of your supervisor to the HCPC within 1 month of taking up paid employment. You must attend upon that Supervisor as required and follow his or her advice and recommendations. The Panel recognises that this requirement may make it difficult for you to work as a locum.

2. Once in work, you must seek a report as to your performance from your supervisor and supply a copy of that report to the HCPC prior to the next review date.

3. You must remain under the care of your General Practitioner and inform him or her that you are subject to these Conditions.

4. You must continue to engage with the specialist services and inform those services that you are subject to these Conditions.
 
5. At any time prior to the next HCPC review date, you must provide a report from your specialist services outlining your assessment, progress, compliance with the medical regime, and prognosis.

6. You must keep your professional commitments under review and limit your professional practice as a Dietitian in accordance with the advice that you receive from your GP or from the specialist services.

7. You must cease your practice as a Dietitian immediately if you are advised to do so either by your specialist services, or any other clinician.

8. You must promptly inform the HCPC if you take up employment as a Dietitian.

9. You must promptly inform the HCPC of any disciplinary or performance proceedings taken against you by your employer.

10. You must inform the following parties that your registration is subject to these conditions:

a. Any organisation or person employing or contracting with you to undertake professional work;

b. Any agency you are registered with or apply to be registered with (at the time of application); and,

c. Any  prospective employer (at the time of your application).

11. Any condition requiring you to provide any information to the HCPC is to be met by you sending the information to the offices of the HCPC, marked for the attention of the Director of Fitness to Practice or Head of Case Management.

 

Notes

The Order imposed today will apply from 21 August 2020.

This Order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 21 February 2021.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Miss Sarah Jane Perrin

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
15/07/2020 Health Committee Review Hearing Conditions of Practice
23/07/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Conditions of Practice