A scientist has been struck off after she lied to bosses about a failing to provide conviction linked to a borough incident when she was questioned by police over her driving.

Aileen Brady had worked as a biomedical scientist at Royal Blackburn Hospital between 1988 and 2019.

In July 2016 she was convicted at Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court of failing to provide a specimen for analysis after she was stopped in her car by police at around 12.15am on June 23, 2016.

A Health And Care Professionals Tribunal Service hearing held earlier this month was told that Brady was observed by the police driving slowly but erratically out of Ramsbottom.

As a result, the police asked her to stop and noticed that she was slurring her words, was unsteady on her feet, and smelled of alcohol.

Brady was given two separate opportunities to provide a suitable sample breath test but failed, on both occasions, to do so.

As a result, she was arrested and cautioned.

In response to the caution she stated: “I do understand - I don’t want to say anything - I don’t want to be here”.

She was extremely distressed throughout her engagement with the police.

After being taken to Bury police station, she again failed to provide sufficient specimens of breath for analysis and was charged with the offence.

Brady later pleaded guilty and was made subject to a community order with a four month curfew between 9pm and 6am, and was disqualified from driving for a period of 29 months.

Following her conviction, she failed to inform the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) of her conviction.

The tribunal hearing was also told that on September 24, 2017, Brady completed an online renewal form to renew her registration with the HCPC and ticked the box next to the statement, "since my last registration there has been no change relating to my good character (this includes any conviction or caution, if any, that you are required to disclose)".

A report from the tribunal read: “Brady did not notify the HCPC of the circumstances leading to the conviction in 2016, and ultimately concealed her conviction for the offence when renewing her registration one year later in 2017.

“The HCPC only became aware of the conviction during the course of a separate fitness to practise investigation.

“The panel considered Brady’s conduct to be a serious breach of professional boundaries and one which could properly be described as ‘deplorable’ by the standards of ordinary, decent members of the public.

“This was compounded by her dishonesty in failing to inform the HCPC that she had been convicted of the offence.

“The panel found each of these particulars to constitute misconduct and that such misconduct was serious.”

As a result, Brady’s fitness to practise was found to be impaired, her actions amounted to misconduct and the tribunal panel made the decision to strike her off the register.

The striking off order will not take effect until the end of the 28-day appeal period. If no appeal is made, Brady will be struck off with immediate effect.