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Hearing aid dispenser suspended on grounds of misconduct

19/04/2017 - 16:36

Hearing aid dispenser suspended

John Walton (HAD01947) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a hearing aid dispenser at Hidden Hearing.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Walton failed to perform and / or record bone conduction testing for numerous patients over the course of about a month. He also did not record any and / or adequate notes for numerous patients.

The Panel further heard that Mr Walton did not make medical referrals for three patients.

Panel Chair Jacki Pearce commented:

“The Panel has found serious failings in Mr Walton’s conduct which left patients at risk of harm. The Panel was concerned that it had no current information from Mr Walton demonstrating any training or development activity undertaken by him, any reflection on the incidents or any development of insight or remorse, nor was there any full explanation of the circumstances which led to the this conduct.”

The Panel ordered for the name of John Walton to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months.

Mr Walton was neither present nor 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.

7. Registrants can appeal the panel’s decision. Appeals are made directly to the High Court in England or Wales, the Court of Session in Scotland or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland. Appeals must be made within 28 days of when the Notice of Decision and Order is served. The Panel’s order does not take effect until the appeal period has expired or the appeal has concluded.

Caitlin Drysdale
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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