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Radiographer suspended on grounds of misconduct and a lack of competence

08/11/2017 - 16:15

Radiographer suspended

Catherine M Birnie (RA27601) has been suspended for three months on the grounds of misconduct and a lack of competence whilst employed as a radiographer at Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mrs Birnie submitted at least one image which she did not take to the Foetal Medicine Foundation when applying for accreditation to undertake measurements for screening Down’s Syndrome.

The Panel further heard that Mrs Birnie failed to detect in an antenatal san that a baby born with Down’s Syndrome had abnormal heart vasculature. She also incorrectly reported to Service User B at her 12 week scan that the pregnancy had failed.

Panel Chair Andrew Gell commented:

“The Panel concluded that whilst Mrs Birnie’s misconduct and lack of competence are capable of remediation, there is no evidence that they have been remediated. In the Panel’s view there was insufficient evidence with which to reassure it that there would be no repetition of Mrs Birnie’s behaviour in the future if she was permitted to return to practice.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Catherine M Birnie to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of three months.

Mrs Birnie was present at the hearing and represented herself.


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. The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) is the fitness to practise adjudication service of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Although it is part of the HCPC, the distinct identity of the HCPTS seeks to emphasise that hearings are conducted and managed by independent Panels which are at arm's length from the HCPC.

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Occupational therapists
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Caitlin Drysdale
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