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‘Wellness’ GP, 41, behind ‘The Uplifting Clinic’ KICKED policeman in drunken rage

A family GP nicknamed the ‘uplifting doctor’ and known for treating stressed patients has escaped disciplinary action after attacking a drunk police officer.

Dr Rhian Bartholomew, 41, kicked PC in the knee when the officer was called to her home following a domestic crisis and the disappearance of her Malian border collie.

The GP was ‘angry, agitated and drunk, abusive and screaming’ as the policeman tried to calm the ‘welfare’ advocate based in Cardiff, South Wales.

She was arrested and PC was unharmed in the September 2019 attack, but the prosecution said she will not face any criminal charges for the assault.

Dr Rhian promotes healing from the inside and out as she specializes in botox and stress management (above) Dr Rhian Bartholomew in a field

The family's GP said she was devastated by the loss of her border collie, Mali (pictured) Dr Rhian with Mali the dog

The family’s GP said she was devastated by the loss of her border collie, Mali (pictured) Dr Rhian with Mali the dog

A man had called the police over a domestic fight he had with her after having a drink in the evening (pictured) Dr Rhian Bartolomew

A man had called the police over a domestic fight he had with her after having a drink in the evening (pictured) Dr Rhian Bartolomew

The wellness coach later accepted a police warning for assaulting a lifeguard, a serious offense that usually carries a maximum of a year in prison.

Dr Bartholomew has over 15 years of experience working in the NHS and privately.

In 2020 she opened her own private practice called ‘The Uplifting Clinic’ providing aesthetic treatments and wellness coaching but has now been referred to the General Medical Council.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, Bartholomew’s fitness to practice medicine was found to be impaired, but exceptionally the disciplinary committee took no action against her.

Dr. Rhian specializes in skin rejuvenation, anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers to “boost confidence and vitality inside and out”.

Her website says, “Her goal is to help you look and feel fresh and natural. The biggest testament to her work is that clients look fresher and younger, and no one is quite sure why. If you are feeling lethargic, stressed or exhausted, she can also help you address and resolve your issues by using lifestyle medicine to boost vitality from within.

The GP had ‘socially consumed alcohol’ that evening and her assault on PC A was partly due to her distress over her dog, which she said might have run away.

An unnamed man at his property told police he would not press charges for the assault the officer had been called to, but Dr Rhian was cautioned for kicking PC A.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) closed Dr Bartholomew’s case and ruled it ‘no action’, but after a review of that decision Dr Bartholomew accepted a caution at Cardiff Bay Police Station on January 10, 2020.

In a statement, Bartholomew told the court: ‘As a frontline worker, dedicated to serving the public, I understand that those in such a role need to feel safe and supported in carrying out their duties, without fear of violence or aggression.

“We are seeing more and more first responders being attacked and I find that heinous. Therefore, I fully appreciate how my behavior must have made the officer feel.

For this, I am deeply saddened and sorry.

GMC solicitor Miss Georgina Goring called for Dr Bartholomew’s suspension, saying: ‘While his actions posed no risk to patients, they brought the profession into disrepute. His actions in attacking a rescue worker, a police officer and having received a warning were unacceptable.

Bartholomew’s solicitor, Mr Alan Jenkins, said: ‘She kicked a police officer in the knee despite not wearing shoes and causing no injury.

“The attack also took place in her private residence when she was not working. On a sympathetic read, there is absolutely no risk of repetition and Dr. Bartholomew has addressed her abusive behavior and been honest, including to everyone she works with on these issues. It would be excessive to suspend Dr. Bartholomew from practice given his exceptional personal circumstances.

The President of the Tribunal, Mr Julian Weinberg, said: ‘At the time of Dr Bartholomew’s assault on PC A, his decision-making was affected by his drinking earlier in the evening.

“But the court found that Dr Bartholomew expressed sincere regret for her actions for which she repeatedly apologized. The Tribunal revealed that Dr Bartholomew apologized to PC A the day after the incident in question and the Tribunal was impressed with the breadth of Dr Bartholomew’s thoughts.

The beauty and wellness advocate said she deeply regrets her actions (pictured) Dr Rhian

The beauty and wellness advocate said she deeply regrets her actions (pictured) Dr Rhian

His beloved dog, Mali

The disappearance of his border collie Mali caused great distress to Dr Rhian Bartholomew

The beauty and wellness lawyer has apologized to the PC she expelled and has been cleared to continue practicing by the GMC

“She recognized that her actions had the potential to undermine trust in the medical profession and the importance of that trust. Additionally, Dr. Bartholomew had outlined the steps she had taken to better understand what happened that night and how she would ensure she did not repeat her behavior.

“She had also defined the coping mechanisms she had developed to help her if other difficult circumstances arose.

According to city ​​styleDr. Rhian’s personal approach is to tackle the 5 pillars of health: “Relax – Begin with the Spirit, Restore – Rest and Heal, Rebuild – Nutrition and Exercise, Reconnect – The Human Connection, Recreate – Create a life you love.”

“The Tribunal was satisfied that in view of all of the above, together with the positive testimonials which not only attested to Dr. Bartholomew’s skills as a clinician and her character, but which also demonstrated her open-mindedness as to his previous actions and challenges, that it was highly unlikely that such behavior would recur.

He added: “There was no evidence to suggest that Dr Bartholomew was otherwise a violent person and the Tribunal found that his violent behavior resulted from his personal circumstances and was entirely irrelevant.”

“Dr Bartholomew is a competent and respected doctor, she has sincerely apologized, has shown a high level of insight and it is very unlikely that she will repeat such violent behavior.

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