Edward McGarrell (PA10515) has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct and dishonesty whilst registered as a paramedic.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that in February 2016, the HCPC received an anonymous referral stating that Mr McGarrell was subject to a police investigation and that he had failed to declare previous convictions to the HCPC.
The Panel further heard that Police Scotland informed the HCPC that Mr McGarrell had been convicted of several offences between 2008 and 2017 and provided certificates of conviction. These included a conviction of a road Traffic offence in 2014 and convictions of assault in 2017.
Panel Chair Paul Grant commented:
“The Panel has found that Mr McGarrell has acted dishonestly on a number of occasions and failed to declare his convictions despite being provided with very clear instructions as this is a requirement to do so. As a paramedic, Mr McGarrell must behave with integrity and honesty in order to maintain confidence in the profession and justify the trust of service users.”
The Panel concluded that given the gravity and the nature of Mr McGarrell’s convictions, a striking off order is the only appropriate sanction.
Mr McGarrell 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.