Ms Pinkie Uddin

Profession: Speech and language therapist

Registration Number: SL33971

Interim Order: Imposed on 03 Jun 2019

Hearing Type: Interim Order Review

Date and Time of hearing: 14:00 31/08/2021 End: 17:00 31/08/2021

Location: Virtual hearing - On papers

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Interim Suspension

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Allegation

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Finding

Preliminary Matters

Service

1. Notice of Intention to hold this hearing on the papers is dated 2 August 2021, which advised the Registrant of the date of the hearing. The Panel was satisfied that the Notice of this hearing had been served in accordance with the Rules.


Proceeding in the Registrant’s absence

2. The Notice further set out a response period, which provided the Registrant with the opportunity to provide written Submissions. No response objecting to proceeding on the papers for this review has been received and no written submissions have been received by the Registrant.

3. The Panel was satisfied that the Registrant had voluntarily absented herself and that no purpose would be achieved by adjourning this hearing. Taking into account the public interest in this review taking place expeditiously, the Panel decided to proceed in the Registrant’s absence.

Background

4. On 28 August 2018 the HCPC received a referral from Whittington Health NHS Trust (“WHT”).

5. The Registrant was employed as a Speech and Language Therapist by WHT. As part of this role, she was employed to work within mainstream schools in Islington and held a caseload working within four primary schools. Her workload entailed her visiting schools to carry out clinical work, such as face-to-face interventions with children or training other school staff.

6. WHT conducted an internal investigation into the Registrant’s performance between January 2017 and July 2017, as a result of which, a disciplinary hearing was convened on 8 December 2017. The concerns raised included: falsification of clinical notes; unauthorised absence from work; a high number of unaccounted-for days in the Registrant’s clinical diary; inadequate clinical notes and missing documentation; failing to fulfil clinical duties or alert managers to issues; and breaching trust and confidence by emailing schools with reasons for cancelling visits which were not true. These concerns were upheld at the disciplinary hearing. Furthermore, it should be noted that the Registrant resigned from WHT on 11 September 2017.

7. On 15 November 2018, the HCPC received a second referral from London North West University Healthcare (“LNWUH”) where the Registrant was employed as a Speech and Language Therapist on a fixed-term contract from January to July 2018. The concerns identified related to the Registrant’s conduct between January and May 2018 and included: failing to attend school visits and providing conflicting reasons for non-attendance; failing to notify her line manager of sick leave in line with policy; not providing clinical notes following a planning meeting; providing written notes for children dated on a day when she was not in school; failing to attend mandatory training; and failing to complete clinical notes in line with note writing policy. When notified of these referrals, the Registrant advised the HCPC that the matters had arisen as a result of health issues.

8. Both matters were joined for the purposes of consideration for a substantive hearing and were considered by a panel of the Investigating Committee on 3 June 2019. An Interim Suspension Order was granted for a period of 18 months on the grounds that it was necessary for the protection of public and was otherwise in the public interest. The Order was confirmed at all subsequent five interim review hearings.

9. A final hearing commenced on 5 July 2021 for a period of 6 days. The hearing was adjourned part heard after witness evidence was heard due a shortage of time, thus rendering the Panel unable to consider all the evidence which includes many detailed schedules. The substantive hearing is scheduled to reconvene on the 30 September 2021, 1 and 4 October 2021.


Decision

10. The Panel considered that since the last interim order review and extension of the interim order by the High Court, there has been no material change in circumstances which undermine the necessity of the Interim Order. The Panel was satisfied that, given the seriousness and wide-ranging nature of the concerns raised, an Interim Order remained necessary for the protection of the public and remains otherwise in the wider public interest.

11. Given that the allegations raised involve serious concerns about the Registrant’s practice and behaviour over an extended period, relating to the Registrant’s work for two separate Trusts, Interim Conditions of Practice would not be workable or proportionate.

12. The Panel concluded that the Interim Suspension Order should be confirmed as being the only appropriate and proportionate order in the circumstances.

 

Order


ORDER: The Interim Suspension Order is confirmed.

Notes

This order will be reviewed by the Committee no later than 30 November 2021 or earlier if new evidence which is relevant to the Order becomes available after it was made.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Ms Pinkie Uddin

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
15/11/2021 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held
30/09/2021 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held
31/08/2021 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
05/07/2021 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Adjourned part heard
01/06/2021 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
04/09/2020 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
29/06/2020 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
03/03/2020 Investigating Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
10/12/2019 Investigating Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
03/06/2019 Investigating Committee Interim Order Application Interim Suspension