Speech and Language Therapist Struck Off for Lack of Competence

Speech and language therapist Ms Rosemary Cott has been struck off the HCPC Register after a review of a Substantive Suspension Order.

Ms Cott was originally given a two year Conditions of Practice Order after a finding a lack of competence and current impaired of the registrants fitness to practice at a final hearing on 6 September 2011. That order was reviewed on 5 October 2012, when it was replaced by a suspension order subsequently reviewed and extended 12 months in September 2013 and in September 2014.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Ms Cott had originally displayed a lack of awareness of the importance of patient confidentiality and had displayed poor patient assessment and/or management skills. The registrant was also unable to conduct dysphagic patient assessments safely and also displayed poor theoretical knowledge in that Ms Cott was often unable to relate her observations of patients to theory.

Panel Chair Ms Deborah Fowler commented: