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Physiotherapist suspended on grounds of lack of competence

07/12/2017 - 12:51

Physiotherapist suspended

Mr Marin Stinca (PH98405) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of six months on the grounds of lack of competence whilst employed as a physiotherapist with Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that multiple failings included that between 26 February 2016 and 16 March 2016 he did not complete and / or record an adequate assessment including failing to record clear clinical reasoning and made factually incorrect records of Patient A.

The Panel further heard that he had to be prompted to loosen the leg straps of Patient E when placing them into a hoist, and used advanced instructions at points during the assessment of Patient F, which were inappropriate given the patients presentation.

Panel Chair Rachel O’Connell commented:

“The Panel noted that the Registrant’s shortcomings related to basic assessments which are fundamental to safe clinical practice as a Band 5 physiotherapist.

From the evidence Mr Stinca appeared willing and committed at the time to improving his clinical practice but was unable to bridge the gap between his knowledge and skills the requirements of a Band 5 role. Therefore, the Panel concluded that the allegation of lack of competence was well-founded.”

The Panel suspended the name of Mr Marin Stinca from the HCPC register for a period of 6 months with an interim order to cover the appeal period.

Mr Stinca 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. 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.

3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

8. Registrants can appeal the panel’s decision. Appeals are made directly to the High Court in England or Wales, the Court of Session in Scotland or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland. Appeals must be made within 28 days of when the Notice of Decision and Order is served. The Panel’s order does not take effect until the appeal period has expired or the appeal has concluded.

Louise Shewey
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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