Miss Caroline J Hopkins

Profession: Occupational therapist

Registration Number: OT52588

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 12/10/2020 End: 17:00 14/10/2020

Location: Virtual Hearing

Panel: Health Committee
Outcome: Suspended

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Allegation

As a registered Occupational Therapist (OT52588) your fitness to practise is impaired by reason of a health condition. In that:

1. You have a physical and/or mental health condition as set out in Schedule A.

2. By reason of your health your fitness to practise is impaired.

 

Finding

Preliminary matters:

1. The Panel was satisfied that the Registrant had been served with notice of the hearing in accordance with Rules 3 and 6 of the Health and Care Professions Council (Health Committee) (Procedure) Rules 2003.

2. Mr Millin made an application for the Panel to proceed with the hearing in the absence of the Registrant pursuant to Rule 11. The Panel was informed that the Registrant had not engaged with the HCPC in these proceedings and had not responded to any of the communications sent by the HCPC to her current email address on the register. She had not applied for an adjournment or provided any information as to why the hearing should be adjourned.

3. The Panel took into account the HCPTS Practice Note on Proceeding in the Absence of a Registrant and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor. The Registrant had not applied for an adjournment and the Panel did not consider that adjourning this matter would secure her attendance. The Panel was satisfied that the Registrant had voluntarily absented herself from the hearing and waived her right to attend. The case concerns public protection issues. In all the circumstances, the Panel decided that it should proceed with the hearing in the absence of the Registrant.

4. Mr Millin made an application under Rule 10(1) for the entire hearing to take place in private for the protection of the Registrant’s private life. The Panel took into account the relevant HCPTS Practice Note and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor. The Panel noted that the case concerned the Registrant’s health and acceded to the application that the entire hearing should take place in private.

 

Order

That the Registrar is directed to suspend the name of Caroline J Hopkins for a period of 12 months from the date this order comes into effect.

Notes

Interim Order

1. The Panel makes an Interim Suspension Order under Article 31(2) of the Health Professions Order 2001, the same being in the public interest, having regard to the Panel’s findings of fact and determination as to impairment and sanction.

2. This order will expire: (if no appeal is made against the Panel’s decision and order) upon the expiry of the period during which such an appeal could be made; (if an appeal is made against the Panel’s decision and order) the final determination of that appeal. This Interim Suspension Order is for a period of 18 months.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Miss Caroline J Hopkins

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
12/10/2020 Health Committee Final Hearing Suspended