Paramedic Simon Williams (PA30060) has been struck off the HCPC Register following a first review of a suspension order originally imposed on 16 June 2016.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Williams was originally suspended for twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed by East of England Ambulance Service.
The Panel further heard that Mr Williams’ failings included posting photographs and comments on Instagram which breached patient confidentiality including pictures of patients, containing patient’s medical information and personal details.
Panel Chair Ian Comfort commented:
“There has been an ongoing failure to address the issues which gave rise to the suspension order. There is a complete lack of evidence of any type of remediation, reflection and insight on the part of the Mr Williams. In all of these circumstances, he presents a continuing risk to the public if he is allowed to practise in the future.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Simon Williams to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mr Williams 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/201706141230-review_hearing-pa30060
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.