120 OTs referred to HCPC

Twenty OTs were sanctioned in 2017-18

Published on 14th December 2018

There were 120 occupational therapists referred to the Health and Care Professions Council in 2017-18, the regulator's annual Fitness to Practise report reveals.

Employers refered 50 occupational therapists to the HCPC, the public referred 32 and 28 OTs referred themselves to the regulator. Police or other registrants also made referrals.

The 120 occupational therapists made up 5.21 per cent of the total number of cases referred to the HCPC in 2017-18. The majority of referrals were made against paramedics (13.8 per cent) and social workers (51%).

There are 38,183 occupational therapists registered with the HCPC and the profession makes up 10% of the register.

Each case referred is assessed and if the Standard of Acceptance is met, the case will be allocated to a case manager in the Investigations team. An Investigations Committee Panel can decide that:

− more information is needed;

− there is a case to answer (which means the matter will proceed to a final hearing); or

− there is no case to answer (which means that the case does not meet the ‘realistic prospect’ test)

In 2017-18, 48 cases involving occupational therapists were closed before consideration by the ICP.
Sanctions were issued to 20 occupational therapists in 2017-18:

- Caution 0

- Conditions of Practice 3

- No further action 1

- Not well founded 6

- Struck off 0

- Suspended 5

- Consent removed 5

Nine occupational therapists attended and had a representative, eight had no representation, two represented themselves and one did not attend but had representation.

The report covered the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

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Fitness to practise annual report 2018

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