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Paramedic suspended for failing to complete a Patient Care Record
01/03/2013 - 12:20
Paramedic Phillip Bishop has been suspended from the HCPC Register for not completing a Patient Care Record (PCR) and for not providing an appropriate handover to the transporting crew whilst working for the East of England Ambulance Service.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that an investigation was carried out by the Trust during which an audit was requested of Phillip Bishop’s PCR. This audit found that Phillip Bishop had submitted only one PCR during this period and a final written warning was issued as a result.
Panel Chair Ms Manuela Grayson commented:
“One consequence of the registrant’s failure to submit PCRs was that notes of his observations were not received by the hospital and as a result any clinician attending on the patient at a later date would not have had a complete set of notes. This had the potential to compromise patient safety.
“In the Panel’s view the registrant’s failures were so serious that if the registrant were allowed to practice without restrictions on his registration, this would undermine public confidence in the paramedic profession.”
The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to suspend Phillip Bishop from the Register for a period of 12 months with an interim suspension order in place to cover the appeal period.
Phillip Bishop was present and represented by Unison.
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: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=3227&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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