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Biomedical scientist struck off on grounds of her conviction and dishonesty

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A panel of the HCPTS heard that on 23 May 2013 Miss Ukachukwu was convicted of nine times making a false statement / representation so as to obtain benefit. Between 23 May 2013 and 23 December 2016 she did not advise The HCPC of her conviction.

The Panel further heard that on or around 23 October 2013, when completing her HCPC renewal form, she advised the HCPC that there had been no change in her good character since her last registration, when this was not the case.

Panel Chair Deborah Fowler commented:

“Miss Ukachukwu accepted in her oral evidence that she was being untruthful when she signed the form. 

Taking into account Miss Ukachukwu’s state of mind at the time, The Panel found that her conduct in advising the HCPC that there had been no change in her character was dishonest, applying the objective standards of ordinary decent people.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Chinele Ukachukwu to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Miss Chinele Ukachukwu 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. 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

4. See information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings

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. Full list of protected titles

  • 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

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.