Success in a professional disciplinary case for psychologist before the HCPC Panel
29th September 2023
Sunyana Sharma (pictured here) successfully represented a practitioner psychologist before the Health and Care Professions Conduct (‘HCPC’) and Competence Panel in a professional disciplinary case.
The registrant faced allegations of plagiarism and dishonesty relating to a section of a doctorate thesis in a highly specialised niche area of psychology, allegations for which had been made 5 years ago. Following a 6-day trial with 5 HCPC witnesses from a prestigious university, no allegations were found proved against the registrant.
Sunyana Sharma is a regulatory and inquest barrister who practices in professional disciplinary work, maritime and fishing law, health and safety law and all areas of regulatory compliance and consumer protection. She has developed a strong practice in professional disciplinary regulation following secondments as a case presenter at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (‘NMC’) and in house lawyer at the General Chiropractic Council (‘GCC’). She appears regularly in healthcare tribunals (including the NMC, GCC, Health and Care Professions Council, Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service (‘MPTS’), General Optical Council (‘GOC’), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (‘BACP’) and General Dental Council ‘GDC’) for substantive misconduct and health hearings, interim order applications and substantive order reviews.