Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedic guilty of misconduct and banned from profession

A paramedic who forgot to check a patient’s back when he was thrown from a horse can no longer work in the 
profession.

Sarah Hardcastle also forgot to take any equipment to assess the man before driving off in the ambulance and leaving an assistant practitioner to care for him, the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) heard.

Hardcastle, who worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service in Wakefield, also responded to a call for a man suffering from chest pains but left the defibrillator lead at a previous job, meaning she was unable to treat him, the hearing was told.

She then failed to call for backup, fill out the patient’s record form, or care for the man using other methods, the panel heard. A conduct and competence committee found her guilty of misconduct and banned her from the profession after she voluntarily agreed to remove herself from the register.

Panel chair William Nelson said: “The panel is satisfied that the public interest and its protection would be best served if the registrant was prevented from continuing as a paramedic.” Hardcastle, who did not attend the south London hearing, resigned in September 2012 before investigations were completed.

She signed a voluntary removal agreement from the HCPC register after admitting all the charges against her. In a letter to the HCPC Hardcastle said: “I have reflected on my own practise and identified areas of professional weaknesses that have led me to resign.”

She added she no longer wished to be a paramedic and had since changed careers.

Hardcastle was also in the process of removing herself as a nurse from the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

If she wanted to return to the healthcare profession her application would be treated as if the she had been struck off as a result of the charges against her.