Mr Edward Pryce
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Proof of Service
1. The Panel noted that the Notice of Hearing indicating the date and time of this hearing was emailed to the Registrant’s registered email address, and that of his legal representative, on 22 June 2021. There is confirmation of delivery of those emails. The Panel was accordingly satisfied that the Notice had been properly served.
Hearing on the Papers in the Absence of the Registrant
2. The Notice of Hearing explained to the Registrant that this review would take place “on the papers” unless a virtual hearing was requested by him. No such request has been received and the Registrant, via his legal representative, has since indicated that he is content that this hearing should proceed in his absence on the documents alone.
3. The Panel heard and accepted the advice of the legal assessor. Bearing in mind the evidence that the Registrant has voluntarily absented himself from this hearing, has indicated he is content for the matter to proceed “on the papers” and that this is a mandatory review, the Panel was satisfied it should proceed to hear the matter in the Registrant’s absence.
Proceeding in Private
4. The Panel determined of its own motion that the entirety of today’s proceedings should be held in private. It is plain that this case relates to the health of the Registrant and the personal circumstances of his family and therefore it was appropriate that his own right for a private life, and those of his family members, were respected.
5. The Panel took account of all the material in this case, including the submissions made on behalf of the HCPC and the Registrant. In particular, the Panel had regard to the many testimonials that the Registrant had provided to demonstrate his commitment to remediate and address his own personal issues.
6. The Panel heard and accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor. It took into account the HCPTS Practice Note on Interim Orders. It noted that its task was to conduct a risk assessment, and that it was not charged with making findings of fact. It further bore in mind that it must act proportionately in determining what restrictions, if any, are required to be imposed on the Registrant’s registration to address any risks identified.
7. The HCPC submitted that there has been no material change in circumstances since the last review hearing, and an Interim Order remains necessary in this case, and that it was appropriate and proportionate to continue the current Interim Order of Suspension.
8. The Panel determined that there remains a need for an Interim Order in this case.
9. In light of all the circumstances, the Panel determined it was necessary to impose an interim order both for public protection and in the public interest, so as to protect and uphold the reputation of the profession, and of its regulator. Furthermore, the Panel considered an interim order to be in the Registrant’s own interest, due to concerns around his health.
10. In considering what order to make, the Panel took the view that it would be impossible to formulate workable conditions, in particular because the nature of the work of a paramedic means maintaining direct supervision at all times is not practically feasible. Any such condition would be so restrictive as to be tantamount to suspension.
11. The Panel therefore commended the Registrant for the progress he continues to make, but determined that the appropriate and proportionate action was to confirm the current Interim Order of Suspension.
Order: The Interim Suspension Order first made on 29 October 2020 is confirmed.
This order will be reviewed by the Committee no later than 21 October 2021 or earlier if new evidence which is relevant to the Order becomes available after it was made.
History of Hearings for Mr Edward Pryce
|Date||Panel||Hearing type||Outcomes / Status|
|21/07/2021||Investigating Committee||Interim Order Review||Interim Suspension|
|21/04/2021||Investigating Committee||Interim Order Review||Interim Suspension|
|29/10/2020||Investigating Committee||Interim Order Application||Interim Suspension|