Marie A Fell (BS64012) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a biomedical scientist with the HCPC.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that whilst employed at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan, Miss Fell falsified departmental sign-in records and flexi-time records on a number of dates.
The Panel further heard that Miss Fell gave a false reference from Person A to Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust NHS. She also failed to declare to the HCPC in a timely manner that she had received a conditional discharge for two counts of theft.
Panel Chair Andrew Gell commented:
“The Panel finds that the series of dishonest actions engaged in by Miss Fell are indicative of a deep-seated attitudinal problem. The nature and gravity of her actions are such that any less sanction would fail to reflect the seriousness of the case.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Marie A Fell to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Miss Fell 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
3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201709181000-final_hearing-bs64012
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
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
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.
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