Radiographer suspended on grounds of lack of competence and misconduct

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Radiographer suspended

Rowena M N Stone (RA21582) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of 12 months on grounds of lack of competence and misconduct whilst employed as a Band 5 Radiographer at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

A panel of the HCPTS Conduct and Competence Committee heard that multiple failings between 1 May 2012 and September 2015 included taking x-ray images of incorrect body parts, poor quality images and failing to take appropriate images.

The Panel further heard that Ms Stone misfiled images and that incidents involved some patients receiving unnecessary irradiation.

Panel Chair Catherine Boyd commented:

“Ms Stone lacks insight as to the extent to which the deficiencies in her practise and her lack of knowledge impacted upon patients, her colleagues and the Trust’s reputation. The Panel has concluded that there is currently a high risk of repetition.”

The Panel concluded that a period of 12 months is the appropriate sanction.

Mr Rowena Stone was present but not represented at the hearing.

-ENDS-

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. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:
h https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/listing/201711271000-final_hearing-ra21582

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

7. 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.