The RCVS veterinary nurse disciplinary committee (DC) has suspended a Gwent-based VN from the register for two months after she failed to respond to repeated requests to provide her CPD records.

belgravia-house-bdrAt the outset of the hearing, Samantha Giles admitted between August 2012 and June 2016 she had failed to respond to 11 letters, two emails and three telephone calls from the RCVS.

Evidence

She answered just one email, in which she said she would provide evidence of CPD. This did not happen.

In her evidence, Ms Giles said she knew she should have responded to the requests, but admitted she did not originally regard the requests as important and thought the matter would “go away” if she did not respond. When it became clear this was not the case, she said she found it difficult to face up to her obligations.

She also admitted her failures to respond were unprofessional and now has an appreciation of the importance of undertaking CPD in terms of keeping up with changing practices and advances in veterinary and nursing practice.

Disgraceful conduct

Finding her guilty of disgraceful conduct, Alistair Barr, chairing the DC, said: “Your failures show, inevitably, a disregard for the regulatory responsibilities of the RCVS to police veterinary nurses’ obligations to fulfil their CPD requirements.”

The committee heard mitigating evidence on behalf of Ms Giles, including witness statements and letters from current and former colleagues that complimented her communication skills with colleagues and animal owners, in which it was accepted she is a “valued member of the veterinary nursing profession”.

 

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