Paramedic Edna Pool (PA15731) has been suspended for a further six months following a substantive review of a suspension order originally imposed on 7 June 2016.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mrs Pool was originally suspended for twelve months on the grounds of conviction.
The Panel further heard that she was convicted at Dumfries Sheriff Court of failure to provide a specimen of breath for analysis upon request.
Panel Chair Donald Brown commented:
“The Panel has determined that, at this time, a further brief period of suspension might allow Mrs Pool an opportunity to fully reflect and to provide evidence of her fitness to practise on an unrestricted basis to a future panel. The Panel is also mindful of the need to protect the public and the wider public interest in maintaining confidence in the profession and upholding proper standards.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Edna Pool to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months.
Mrs Pool 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. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201606071000-final_hearing-pa15731
3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
4. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
5. 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. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists
6. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.
7. Registrants can appeal the panel’s decision. Appeals are made directly to the High Court in England or Wales, the Court of Session in Scotland or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland. Appeals must be made within 28 days of when the Notice of Decision and Order is served. The Panel’s order does not take effect until the appeal period has expired or the appeal has concluded.