Practitioner psychologist struck off on grounds of misconduct

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Practitioner psychologist struck off

Markus Themessl-Huber (PYL27727) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a practicing psychologist and employed by NHS Tayside.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Themessl-Huber engaged in a sexual relationship with Patient A, and breached professional boundaries by having a telephone conversation of a sexual nature with her and allowing her to sit on his lap.

The Panel further heard Mr Themessl-Huber discharged Patient A without exercising the appropriate level of clinical judgement. He also completed and submitted time sheets which were inaccurate.

Panel Chair Andrew Gell commented:

“Mr Themessl-Huber’s behaviour in engaging in a pattern of misconduct which led to a sexual relationship with Patient A, a vulnerable patient in his care, placed Patient A at a clear risk of harm. Moreover, his actions brought his profession into disrepute and breached the fundamental tenets of his profession as represented by the HCPC Standards.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Markus Themessl-Huber to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mr Themessl-Huber was present and represented by Ms Wendy Hewitt, Counsel instructed by Richard Nelson LLP.

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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


3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201708071000-final_hearing-pyl27727

4. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints

5. 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

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 www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
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.