Dr Elise Rivlin
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Your fitness to practise as a Practitioner Psychologist is impaired by reason of your physical and/or mental health
1. The Panel found that there had been good service of the Notice of Hearing by email sent to the Registrant’s registered postal address on 6 April 2020 which informed her of the date and time and that the hearing would be considered on the papers. In addition, the Registrant was sent a letter on 22 April 2020 informing her that the matter could be heard by video link. There has been no reply received from the Registrant. The Panel noted that there has been no contact from the Registrant since the matter was last reviewed in May 2019.
Proceeding in Absence
2. The Panel accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor and had regard to the HCPTS Practice Note “Proceeding in the Absence of the Registrant”.
3. The Panel noted that there has been no communication from the Registrant since the last review in May 2019. The Panel considered that the Registrant was aware of the hearing and that her absence was voluntary. The Panel did not consider that the Registrant would attend a hearing at a later date were the matter to be adjourned today.
4. The Panel considered the public interest. The hearing was to consider a mandatory review of a Suspension Order, due to expire in approximately one month. The Panel considered that it would not be in the public interest for the Suspension Order to lapse because there would be no protection for the public. It would also be in the public interest for the review to be conducted expeditiously. The Panel decided that the public interest outweighed the Registrant’s interests and exercised its discretion to proceed in the absence of the Registrant.
Hearing in Private
5. The Panel also determined to hear the matter in private, so as to protect the private life of the Registrant as the matters relate entirely to the Registrant’s health.
6. As such, this is the redacted version of the private decision.
The Registrar is directed to suspend the registration of Dr Elise Rivlin for a period of 6 months from the date this order comes into effect.
The order imposed today will apply from 29 June 2020.
This order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 29 December 2020.