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Practitioner psychologist suspended following substantive review hearing

13/03/2017 - 14:33

Practitioner psychologist suspended

Practitioner psychologist Tamsin Buck has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months following a review of a suspension order imposed on 5 October 2016.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Ms Buck was originally suspended for twelve months on the grounds of misconduct during the course of her doctorate studies in forensic psychology at Nottingham University, and whilst registered as a practitioner psychologist with the HCPC.

The Panel further heard that Ms Buck was originally suspended for attending two placements whilst smelling of alcohol, and using derogatory language to describe an inductee.

Panel Chair Lubna Shuja commented:

“The Panel is of the view that Ms Buck has demonstrated considerable insight into the seriousness of the issues that resulted in the initial finding of impairment. The Panel concluded that while the failings are remediable, she has not at present fully remediated them and that her fitness to practise remained impaired and noted that Ms Buck had accepted this.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Tamsin Buck to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further six months.

Ms Buck was present but not 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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