Miss Louise A Thompson

Profession: Biomedical scientist

Registration Number: BS41887

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 25/01/2021 End: 17:00 29/01/2021

Location: Hearing taking place virtually

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Caution

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Allegation

Whilst registered as a Biomedical Scientist with The Health and Care Professionals Council and whilst employed by Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, you:


1. On 20 June 2018, attended work while under the influence of alcohol.


2. Attended work while smelling of alcohol, on:


a. 15 June 2018;


b. 19 June 2018.


3. The matters set out in paragraphs 1-2 constitute misconduct.


4. By reason of your misconduct your fitness to practise is impaired.

 

Finding

Preliminary Matters

Application for hearing in private

1. Mr Short applied for the entirety of the hearing to be held in private, on the basis that the matter concerned the private life of the Registrant. He submitted that the Registrant’s health issues were so central in the case that it was not practicable to hear only those issues in private and the remainder in public. Mr Bridges, on behalf of the HCPC, supported the application.

2. The Panel received and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor. The Panel referred to Rule 10(1)(a) of the HCPC (Conduct and Competence Committee) (Procedure) Rules 2003 and the HCPTS Practice Note, Private Hearings.

3. The Panel was mindful that the default position is that HCPC hearings take place in public, in the interests of open justice and the public interest in regulation. The Panel was satisfied that in this case it would be necessary for matters relating to the Registrant’s private life to be discussed. It was satisfied there was good reason to depart from the usual position in order to protect the private life of the Registrant, as permitted by Rule 10(1)(a). The Panel accepted for the reasons advanced by the parties that in the circumstances of this case, it was appropriate for the whole hearing to take place in private.

Documents

4. The Panel received a Consent Bundle (numbered 1-196), a Final Hearing Bundle (numbered 1-192) and a proposed Consent Order signed on behalf of the Registrant on 21 January 2021. The bundle included a statement from the Registrant dated 5 November 2020 and an undated statement from JV, a colleague of the Registrant.

Order

ORDER: That the Registrar be directed to annotate the Register to show that, for a period of three years from the date that this Order comes into effect (the Operative Date), you, Ms Louise Thompson will be subject to a Caution order.

Notes

This Caution Order will expire on 25 January 2024.

Right of Appeal

You may appeal to the High Court in England and Wales against the Panel’s decision and the order it has made against you.

Under Articles 30(10) and 38 of the Health Professions Order 2001, any appeal must be made to the court no more than 28 days after the date when this notice is served on you.

 

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Miss Louise A Thompson

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
25/01/2021 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Caution