John T Cooper (PA 22089) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of his conviction whilst registered as a paramedic.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that on 7 February 2017, Mr Cooper pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a male at Shrewsbury Crown Court. The offences had been committed in 1982, when Mr Cooper was 15 years old and the victim was 10 years old.
The Panel further heard that on 3 March 2017, Mr Cooper was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment suspended for 24 months. He was ordered to carry out an unpaid work requirement of 300 hours and ordered to pay compensation of £3000 to the victim, he was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was made for 10 years.
Panel Chair Rachel O’Connell commented:
“The conviction is serious. Although it is ‘historic’ and the facts relating to the conviction took place a long time ago, the conviction in February 2017 is so serious that it has the potential to undermine public confidence in the profession if no action were taken.”
The Panel concluded that the only appropriate sanction in this case is a Striking Off Order with an interim order to cover the appeal period.
Mr Cooper 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
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
- Hearing aid dispensers
- Occupational therapists
- Operating department practitioners
- Practitioner psychologists
- 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.