Mr Christopher Marriott

Profession: Paramedic

Registration Number: PA17187

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 26/10/2020 End: 17:00 27/10/2020

Location: This hearing took place virtually via video conference.

Panel: Health Committee
Outcome: Conditions of Practice

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Allegation

(as amended by the Panel on day 1 of the hearing, namely, 26 October 2020)

As a registered Paramedic (PA17187) your fitness to practise is impaired by reason of your health. In that:

1. On 18 January 2019, you attended your place of work under the influence of alcohol;

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

3. [HCPC OFFERED NO EVIDENCE]

4. By reason of your health condition(s) your fitness to practise is impaired.

Schedule A

(a) [Redacted]

(b) [Redacted]

 

Finding

Preliminary Matters

Service

1. The Panel was provided with an unredacted service bundle and was informed by the hearings officer that notice of this hearing was sent to the Registrant’s registered email address on 11 September 2020. It contained the required particulars, including the date and time of the hearing, as well as confirming that it would be held remotely by video conference. Having accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor, the Panel was satisfied that notice had been properly served as required by the Rules.

Proceeding in Absence

2. Ms Lykourgou, on behalf of the HCPC, applied for the hearing to proceed in the Registrant’s absence. The Panel heard and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor who advised that the Panel’s discretion to proceed in a Registrant’s absence should be exercised with the utmost care and caution.

3. The Panel was satisfied that proper notice of this hearing was sent to the Registrant’s email address on 11 September 2020. The Panel had regard to an email from the Registrant, dated 15 October 2020, informing the HCPC that he would not be able to attend the hearing as he was departing for the Falklands in the early hours of 26 October 2020, arriving sometime on 27 October 2020, which was over the hearing dates. He wrote:

‘Taking into account the delay of rescheduling the hearing would cause, especially with so much uncertainty in the UK due to CV19 and the knock on affect that may have on my travel, I consent to the hearing going ahead in my absence.’

4. In light of the email correspondence from the Registrant, the Panel was satisfied that he was aware of the hearing and had consented to it proceeding in his absence and had not asked for an adjournment. The Panel noted that it had a large amount of material which the Registrant had supplied during the course of the employer’s disciplinary investigation, including references from colleagues and his own representations. Consequently, the Panel did not identify any undue unfairness to the Registrant if it decided to proceed in his absence. It also considered that it was in the public interest that the hearing should proceed expeditiously. Accordingly, the Panel decided to proceed in the Registrant’s absence.

Hearing to be heard in private

5. Ms Lykourgou applied for the whole of the hearing to be held in private, given that the hearing was to be held before a Panel of the Health Committee and that the evidence to be adduced related to the Registrant’s health.

6. Having heard and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor, the Panel decided that it was justified in holding the entirety of the hearing in private in order to protect the private life of the Registrant. The Panel had regard to the fact that it had been convened as a Panel of the Health Committee; that the Allegation faced by the Registrant was that his fitness to practise was impaired by reason of his health; and that the evidence to be adduced primarily related to his health, as well as matters related to his family life. In these circumstances the Panel determined that the information was of such a sensitive and personal nature that it should not be in the public domain, and that since such information was inextricably linked to all matters relating to this case, no part of the hearing should be in public.

 

Order

Order: The Registrar is directed to annotate the HCPC Register to show that, for a period of 12 months from the date that this Order takes effect (the Operative Date), Mr Christopher Marriott is subject to the following conditions:

1. [Redacted]

2. You must place yourself and remain under the supervision of a workplace supervisor/manager, registered by the HCPC or other appropriate statutory regulator, and supply details of your supervisor to the HCPC within 28 days of the Operative Date. For each time you take up a new Paramedic role, you must do this and provide the details to the HCPC within 28 days of commencing work in a Paramedic role. You must attend upon that supervisor/manager as required and follow their advice and recommendations.

3. You must provide the HCPC with a report from your workplace supervisor/manager at least every three months and prior to any review of this Order, setting out your reliability and attendance at work, having particular regard to [Redacted]

4. You must register with and remain under the care of a General Practitioner, whose details you must provide to the HCPC, and inform him or her that you are subject to these conditions.

5. You must inform your General Practitioner and any Occupational Health practitioner involved in your care about these conditions of practice and authorise that person/those persons to provide the HCPC with information about your health and any treatment you are receiving.

6. You must keep your professional commitments under review and limit your professional practice in accordance with the advice of your General Practitioner and/or any Occupational Health practitioner involved in your care.

7. You must cease practising immediately if you are advised to do so by your General Practitioner or Occupational Health practitioner.

8. [Redacted]

9. [Redacted]

10. [Redacted]

11. You must promptly inform the HCPC if you cease to be employed by your current employer or take up any other or further employment.

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

13. 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).

14. You will be responsible for meeting any and all costs associated with complying with these conditions.

15. 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 relevant Case Manager.

Notes

Interim Order

1. Having heard and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor, the Panel makes an Interim Conditions of Practice Order, under Article 31(2) of the Health Professions Order 2001, to cover the period of 28 days before the Substantive Order takes effect, or if the Registrant appeals, until that appeal is determined or otherwise disposed of.

2. For the same reasons given in its decision on sanction, the Panel is satisfied that such an Interim Order is required to protect the public and is in the public interest. The Interim Conditions of Practice Order will be in the same terms as the Substantive Conditions of Practice Order.

3. The Interim Order will be for a period of 18 months, to take into account the potential length of time required if the Registrant appeals, for that appeal to be determined or otherwise disposed of.

4. The Interim 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, or, if the Registrant appeals, upon the final determination of that appeal, subject to a maximum period of 18 months.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Christopher Marriott

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
26/10/2020 Health Committee Final Hearing Conditions of Practice
14/10/2020 Health Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
06/02/2020 Investigating Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
08/11/2019 Investigating Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
10/05/2019 Investigating Committee Interim Order Application Interim Suspension