The Authority seeks permission to challenge High Court decision
The Professional Standards Authority has today asked the Court of Appeal for permission to challenge the decision made by the High Court on 31 March to refuse our appeal against the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)’s decision in the case of Mr Doree.
The HCPC’s Conduct and Competence Panel found that its registrant, Mr Doree, had bullied one colleague, and sexually harassed another. The Panel noted that Mr Doree:
‘deliberately drove a car at a colleague, bullied a colleague by invading his personal space, name calling and use of insulting and intimidating behaviour. In addition he had demonstrated inappropriate sexual behaviour towards another colleague by the use of offensive language, vulgar, sexual innuendo and mime, and discussion of wholly inappropriate topics of a sexual nature. This behaviour was unwanted and unwarranted with a significant sexual element and clearly falls well below the standards expected of a registered professional.
The Registrant’s conduct was directed at two different individuals who were bullied and/or harassed. In particular the Panel has found that the Registrant’s actions in respect of one of those individuals were sexually motivated.’
Despite the gravity of these matters, the Panel decided to issue a 5 year Caution. The Authority considers this to be unduly lenient which is why we appealed the HCPC’s decision. The High Court’s judgment in the case not only upheld the HCPC’s decision, but it also contains a number of comments that the Authority considers may have implications for other fitness to practise hearings, and it is for that reason that the Authority has decided to ask the Court of Appeal to look again at the case.
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Notes to the Editor
1. Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.
3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
5. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk