Michael D Hampton (BS38310) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months following a review of a suspension order originally imposed on 12 April 2017.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Hampton was originally suspended on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a biomedical scientist by Public Health England. Allegations found proved included using inappropriate and / or offensive language towards colleagues.
The Panel further heard that Mr Hampton failed to attend the final hearing and had not engaged with the HCPC or provided any information as to his level of insight employment of other circumstances since his first suspension.
Panel Chair Lubna Shuja commented:
“The Panel decided that Mr Hampton should be afforded a further opportunity to demonstrate that he has insight and can engage with his regulator. Accordingly the Panel concluded that short extension of the Suspension Order was the appropriate and proportionate sanction at this stage for the protection of the public and in the wider interest. ”
The Panel ordered for the name of Michael D Hampton to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months. The order will be reviewed again before its expiry on 10 May 2018.
Mr Hampton 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
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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.
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.