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Paramedic struck off on grounds of conviction
03/01/2017 - 16:37
Paramedic struck off
Emma Prince has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of conviction whilst employed as a paramedic by North West Ambulance Service.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Ms Prince was convicted at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court of assaulting Person A, a constable in the execution of her duty, and assaulting Person B by beating.
The Panel further heard that Ms Prince was involved in an altercation in a pub during which she assaulted the landlady. Shortly after leaving the pub she was apprehended by police, to whom she was aggressive and abusive towards before kicking one of the officers repeatedly in the shin during a struggle.
Panel Chair Professor Ian Hughes commented:
“The Panel considered that Ms Prince’s conduct had negative implications for public safety. Whilst the circumstances of the offences did not take place in the course of her employment as a paramedic, the Panel considered that her loss of control and her failure to show respect for the position and authority of police officers raised questions about her suitability as a paramedic. By her actions in assaulting a member of the public and assaulting a police officer in the execution of her duty, compounded by her total absence of insight or remorse, Ms Prince has shown herself to be unfit to be a member of her profession.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Emma Prince to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Ms Prince was neither present nor 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: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=7596&month=12&year=2016&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. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
5. 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
6. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.
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