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Paramedic suspended on grounds of misconduct

15/03/2017 - 10:23

Paramedic suspended

Sonya Wheatley has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a paramedic for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mrs Wheatley displayed inappropriate behavior towards Person A when attending to a call for her elderly mother. Mrs Wheatley questioned why Person A had called emergency services, and suggested she go to the pharmacy for a “drink or something to sort your mother”.

The Panel further heard that Mrs Wheatley accosted Person A at Harrogate District Hospital and said “because of you I will be suspended”. She also attempted to influence the testimony of her colleague, a witness for the disciplinary hearing, by calling and saying he had “condemned her”.

Panel chair Philip Geering commented:

“The Panel’s conclusion was that the conduct was serious, given the risk of repetition of such conduct, together with the fact that Mrs Wheatley had significantly upset members of the public on that day. The Panel is of the view that there is a risk of future emotional harm to members of the public. The public would expect the regulator to take action in order to mark that such conduct is unacceptable.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Sonya Wheatley to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months.

Mrs Wheatley 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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