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Paramedic suspended after substantive review hearing

10/01/2017 - 15:51

Paramedic suspended

Paramedic Andrew Rowley has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months following a second review of a suspension order originally imposed on 9 January 2015.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Rowley was originally suspended for twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed by Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The panel further heard that Mr Rowley’s original failings included behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner and making obscene gestures at Colleague A, making sexually derogative remarks towards Colleague C and telling a new colleague, Colleague D, that other colleagues said she was ‘useless’. Mr Rowley also threatened physical violence towards Colleague E, stating “this badge means I can knee you in the balls” or words to that effect.

Panel Chair Stephen Fash commented:

“The Panel decided that an extension of the suspension order would prevent a recurrence of the misconduct and would act to maintain public confidence in the profession. It would also give Mr Rowley a further opportunity to achieve and provide evidence of remediation and to reconsider whether he wished to re-enter his profession.”

The Panel ordered that the name of Andrew Rowley be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months.

Mr Rowley 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:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

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

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
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
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.


Caitlin Drysdale
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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