Bernard Watkins (BS39593) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a biomedical scientist with Cwm Taf University Health Board.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Watkins used an isolate obtained from a faecal sample belonging to another patient to contaminate his own sample, in order to indicate that he had a salmonella infection.
The Panel further heard that in carrying this out Mr Watkins obtained confidential patient information without authorisation or clinical reason.
Panel Chair Claire Cheetham commented:
“The misconduct amounted to a deliberate course of conduct which was done by Mr Watkins in order to deceive his employer. Mr Watkins has made no indications that he appreciated, or was aware of, the risks to his colleagues or the wider public because of his actions.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Bernard Watkins to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mr Watkins was neither present nor represented at the hearing.
Notes to editors
1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.
2. The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) is the fitness to practise adjudication service of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Although it is part of the HCPC, the distinct identity of the HCPTS seeks to emphasise that hearings are conducted and managed by independent Panels which are at arm's length from the HCPC. https://www.hcpts-uk.org/aboutus/roleofhcptribunalservice
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6. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. Full list of protected titles
- Arts therapists
- Biomedical scientists
- Chiropodists / podiatrists
- Clinical scientists
- Hearing aid dispensers
- Occupational therapists
- Operating department practitioners
- Practitioner psychologists
- Prosthetists / orthotists
- Social workers in England
- Speech and language therapists
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