Clayton R Blight (PA05666) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed with the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Blight posted multiple inappropriate and / or offensive images and / or messages on Facebook, which were reported by members of to Mr Blight’s Manager (CS).
The Panel further noted that the posts relating to all the Particulars of the allegation were produced in evidence by screenshots. The Panel also noted that Mr Blight’s written submissions for the Allegation did not deny the images or the words of the posts.
Panel Chair Ian Comfort commented:
“In the Panel’s opinion the facts found proved demonstrated conduct by Mr Blight of a continuing theme of cyber-bulling CS over a considerable period of time. Furthermore the Panel concluded that, by posting in this way, Mr Blight would have known that, by using Facebook, the posts had the potential to be visible to everyone.”
The Panel considered that a period of six months suspension would be fair and proportionate, as it would allow time for him to respond to this decision.
Mr Blight 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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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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