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Paramedic suspended following substantive review hearing

10/03/2017 - 14:38

Paramedic suspended

Paramedic John E Shaw has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months following a substantive review of a suspension order originally imposed on 29 February 2016.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Shaw was originally suspended for twelve months on the grounds of his conviction at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court of driving a motor vehicle on a road after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion in his blood exceeded the prescribed limit.

The Panel further heard that at the time of the incident Mr Shaw was found unconscious in his car after stopping the vehicle in the middle of the road, and then driving across a carriageway, mounting the kerb and colliding with a fence and lamp post.

Panel Chair Helen Carter commented:

“The Panel was forced to conclude that Mr Shaw’s fitness to practice remains currently impaired, having regard to both the personal and public component. The Panel took the view that there remained a collective need to maintain confidence in the profession and as well as declaring and upholding the proper standards of conduct and behaviour which the public expect, and maintaining public confidence in the Paramedic profession.”

The Panel ordered for the name of John E Shaw to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months.

Mr Shaw 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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