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Podiatrist suspended for concealing caution order
01/03/2013 - 12:11
Podiatrist Gillon P Haggan has been suspended from the HCPC Register for omitting the fact that he was subject to a three-year caution order from the HCPC when applying for a position at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Gillon P Haggan applied to work as a Community Diabetes Lead Podiatrist with the Trust using an online NHS application form. On the form, he indicated that he was not subject to any fitness to practise investigations or proceedings and did not have any conditions imposed by a regulatory body.
The Panel further heard from Gillon P Haggan that he did not think that the application form required him to disclose a “caution” because cautions were not specifically mentioned.
Panel Chair Manuela Grayson commented:
“The Panel concluded that the registrant was aware …of the wider duty to disclose to prospective employers all relevant facts and those did include the caution. The registrant’s failure to disclose the caution might have had the effect of denying a prospective employer information which it was entitled to have and which the registrant was obliged to provide.
“Lack of probity on the part of a professional is a serious failing, which undermines public confidence in the profession.”
The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to suspend Gillon P Haggan from the Register for a period of 12 months with an interim suspension order in place to cover the appeal period.
Gillon P Haggan 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=3597&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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