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Speech and language therapist suspended on grounds of misconduct and lack of competence

10/03/2017 - 14:41

Speech and language therapist suspended

David W H Morris has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months on the grounds of misconduct and a lack of competence whilst employed as a speech and language therapist at Chatting Independently.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Morris placed Service User A at risk by failing to ensure they were receiving thickened fluids and / or a mashed diet despite being informed of the eating requirements.

The Panel further heard that Mr Morris failed to demonstrate the required knowledge of dysphagia when asked about his reasons for not ensuring Service User A received the required diet, and stated that staff “hadn’t had time” to thicken the fluids and that he was “confident that Service User A would not aspirate.”

Panel Chair William Nelson commented:

“Mr Morris chose to ignore eating and drinking guidelines specifically devised for Service User A and therefore acted wilfully. He decided to make changes to Service User A’s diet despite the risks of such changes being explained to him on a number of occasions. He decided to pursue his own course rather than listen to the advice he was being given by the safeguarding team. All the HCPC’s witnesses stated that the changes to Service User A’s diet represented a risk and potentially a life threatening one.”

The Panel ordered for the name of David W H Morris to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months.

Mr Morris 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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