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Paramedic struck off for failure to respond appropriately to emergency call

08/01/2013 - 16:29

Paramedic struck off

Paramedic Colin H Jackman has been stuck off the HCPC Register for misconduct resulting from a number of failures in responding to an emergency call whilst working as the Response Operations Manager at the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Colin H Jackman failed to respond appropriately to a confirmed category B emergency call when he did not use the blue lights and/or sirens on his vehicle.

The Panel further heard that, once at the address, Colin H Jackman failed to carry out any clinical assessment of the patient who was suffering from severe back pain and breathing problems. Colin H Jackman then neither filled out a non-conveyance form for the patient nor referred the patient to any other healthcare professional.

Panel Chair Sarah Baalham commented:

“The Panel considered that Mr Jackman’s behaviour was prolonged throughout his visit to the service user. The Panel found that Mr Jackman’s failures were deliberate and amounted to serious lapses in the standards to be expected of a paramedic. Mr Jackman breached standards 1 and 10 of the standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

“The Panel considers that Mr Jackman caused a serious risk to this service user. The Panel finds that his treatment of this service user would be likely to seriously undermine public confidence in the profession. The Panel has heard no evidence that Mr Jackman has taken any steps to remedy his behaviour or improve his practise.”

The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike off Colin H Jackman from the Register with an Interim Suspension Order in place to cover the appeal period.

Colin H Jackman was not present or represented at the hearing.  

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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: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=2869&month=1&year=2013&EventType=H

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

4. 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

Angie Scarlett-Newcomen
+44 (0)20 7840 3480




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