Physiotherapist suspended on grounds of lack of competence

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Physiotherapist suspended

Kieran McDermott (PH91782) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months on the grounds of a lack of competence whilst employed as a physiotherapist at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr McDermott was responsible for a number of failings including being unable to consistently work as an autonomous Band 5 physiotherapist, and not consistently maintaining accurate records.

The Panel further heard that Mr McDermott demonstrated poor assessments and / or treatment to patients, did not consistently demonstrate adequate clinical reasoning and demonstrated poor patient safety.

Panel Chair Professor Ian Hughes commented:

“Mr McDermott demonstrated a worrying lack of insight into his failings. He showed a tendency to blame others rather than taking responsibility for his lack of competence and failed to recognise that as an autonomous practitioner he needs to identify and manage these issues.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Kieran McDermott to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months.

Mr McDermott was present at the hearing and represented by Ms Althea Brown instructed by Thompsons Solicitors.


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.

3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:
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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. To see the full list of protected titles please see

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

7. 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.

8. 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.