Physiotherapist suspended for further six months

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Physiotherapist suspended

hysiotherapist Simon White (PH98038) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months following a review of a suspension order originally imposed on 16 November 2016. 

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr White was originally suspended on grounds of lack of competence in relation to multiple failings in relation to a number of patients which were found proved at the substantive hearing.
The Panel further heard that failings had occurred during his course of employment with Bristol Community Health between August 2012 and 23 January 2015. The failings included not planning for and / or showing evidence of planning for Patient A’s discharge; not ensuring the surrounding area was safe whilst completing initial physiotherapy for an amputee patient, and failing to react appropriately towards Patient F whilst attempting to carry out a sliding board transfer from a bed to a wheelchair.

Panel Chair Deborah Baldwin commented:

“The Panel had concluded that Mr White’s fitness to practise is still impaired in that there was a risk of repetition and therefore a restriction on Mr White’s ability to practise was necessary in order to protect the members of the public”.

The Panel ordered for the name of Simon White to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further 6 months.

Mr White participated via telephone and he was not represented.


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:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

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

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
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
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.