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Paramedic suspended for aggressive conduct towards a patient
27/02/2013 - 15:36
Paramedic Christopher Moss has been suspended from the HCPC Register for aggressive conduct and use of force on a patient whilst working for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Christopher Moss attended a call responding to an intoxicated and possibly unresponsive patient. In reaction to kicks from the patient directed at Christopher Moss, he swore and aggressively shouted at the patient. He also used his foot to push / kick the patient in the chest and knelt on top of him placing his hand on or around the patient’s upper body.
The Panel further heard that Christopher Moss made full admissions to both the allegations and the fact of misconduct, saying he ‘just flipped’, but denied that his fitness to practise is currently impaired.
Panel Chair Graham Aitken commented:
“The Panel has considered this matter with care. It accepts that the incident involving the patient was a one off event in an otherwise unblemished professional career…. However, the Panel notes that the admitted actions of Mr Moss cannot excuse the way he dealt with the patient.
“In the circumstances, the Panel is satisfied that the risk of repetition remains. Furthermore, the Panel is concerned that Mr Moss has not kept his CPD up to date…and would be deskilled as a result.”
The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to suspend Christopher Moss from the Register for a period of nine months with an interim suspension order in place to cover the appeal period.
Christopher Moss was present and 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. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=2905&month=2&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
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists
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