Paramedic Carl Gardiner has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct for breaching professional boundaries with a patient whilst employed by City Health Care Partnership CIC.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that between 17 February and 20 March 2015, Mr Gardiner sent Patient A 324 text messages. There was no clinical justification for the volume of messages and were described by Patient A as being of a sexual nature.
The Panel further heard that Mr Gardiner had engaged in inappropriate physical contact with Patient A during an unauthorised visit to Patient A’s home.
Panel Chair Jacki Pearce commented:
“Mr Gardiner has not demonstrated insight into his failings, and he has sought to blame the service user. He superficially recognised that he had been unprofessional and foolish but he did not demonstrate how he would ensure that this behaviour would not be repeated in the future.”
The Panel concluded that there was no alternative but to invoke the Order of last resort and to impose a Striking off order.
The name of Mr Carl Gardiner was struck off the HCPC Register from 13 July 2016 with an interim order imposed to cover the appeal period.
Mr Carl Gardiner was not present nor represented at the hearing.