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ODP struck off for repeated misuse of anaesthetic gases

19/05/2016 - 12:06

ODP struck off

Operating Department Practitioner Caroline Daniels has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct after misusing anaesthetic breathing circuits by inhaling anaesthetic gases and failing to disclose her full employment history whilst employed by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that on 9 June 2014 concerns were raised by a staff nurse that Mrs Daniels had been inhaling anaesthetic gases. During a Trust investigation, the enquiry was widened to include previous concerns in relation to similar behaviour, and an allegation that Mrs Daniels had failed to disclose her full employment history in her job application forms.

The Panel further heard oral evidence from four witnesses and written and documentary evidence, including submissions made by Mrs Daniels during the Trust investigation. This evidence was admitted on the basis that it demonstrated Mrs Daniels’ propensity to misuse anaesthetic gases. It included a 2011 determination by the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee, and papers pertaining to Mrs Daniels’ 2006/7 disciplinary hearing at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Panel Chair Rachel O’Connell commented:

“Mrs Daniels put her own interests above those of the patients that she was employed to serve by dishonestly completing applications forms with a view to gaining employment and by engaging in behaviour in the workplace which had the potential to impact on her professional judgment and undermine patient safety.

“The nature and seriousness of Mrs Daniels’ repeated dishonesty and repeated misuse of anaesthetic gases has the potential to seriously undermine public confidence. Mrs Daniels has been referred to the regulator on two previous occasions. The current matter is as a result of her third referral and on this occasion it is aggravated by repeated dishonesty.”

The Panel decided that the appropriate and proportionate sanction is to strike the name of Caroline Daniels from the Register.

Caroline Daniels was not present or represented at the hearing.

-ENDS-

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=6750&month=5&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

Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
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.

Rebekah Tailor
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