1. The Panel was informed that today’s hearing had originally been listed on 21 April 2017, and an original notice of hearing dated 21 March 2017 had been sent to the Registrant. The hearing was relisted to today’s date, and an amended Notice of Hearing dated 19 April 2017 was sent to the Registrant’s registered address by first class post. It was also sent by email. Having accepted the advice of the legal assessor, the Panel decided that there had been good service.
Proceeding in absence
2. The Panel accepted the advice of the legal assessor.
3. Ms Younis applied for the Panel to proceed in the Registrant’s absence. The Panel approached the issue of whether or not to proceed today with the utmost care and caution. The Panel took into account that the Registrant had confirmed in a letter dated 1 May 2017 that she would not be attending today, and that she would not be sending a representative. There was no application for an adjournment. The Panel was also aware that the Registrant had previously telephoned the HCPC to confirm that she would not attend the hearing of today’s matter which had previously been listed on 21 April 2017. The Panel concluded that the Registrant had voluntarily waived her right to attend today’s hearing, and the Panel determined that it was in interests of justice to proceed today, in order to review the order before its expiry on 24 May 2017.
4. Ms Younis applied for the hearing to proceed wholly in private due to matters of the health of the Registrant which would need to be aired before the Panel. The Panel accepted the advice of the legal assessor and agreed that the hearing should be wholly in private to hear matters of the Registrant’s health.
Order: The Registrar is directed to suspend the registration of Mrs Lynne Broadbent for a further period of 12 months upon the expiry of the existing order.
The order imposed today will apply from 24 May 2017.
This order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 24 May 2018.