The HCPC conclude that a Radiographer’s fitness to practice is not impaired

News | Wed 30th Mar, 2016

A senior Radiographer employed by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust was brought before the HCPC concerning allegations of failing to comply with protocols, obtaining authorization to conduct examinations of patients, and failing to perform appropriate scans.

It was accepted by the Radiographer that her actions were not in the best interests of service users, acting outside the boundaries of her professions and that her actions might damage public confidence.

The Radiographer was under immense pressure due to lack of staff and the need to see a high number of patients. On occasions she confirmed that the department would not have had a Consultant Radiologist on duty to obtain authorization to perform certain scans.

The Panel accepted submissions made on behalf of the Radiographer that the allegations would not bring the profession into disrepute nor undermine public confidence.  The Radiographer was at all material times acting in the best interests of the patients.

The Radiographer had fully remediated her practice and that she had shown full insight in to her failings.

It was accepted that the public interest did not demand that any restriction should be placed upon her registration.

In the circumstances, the Panel concluded that the Radiographer’s fitness to practice is not currently impaired by reason of her misconduct.

Simon Butler was instructed by BSG LLP to represent the Radiographer.

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