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ODP struck off for sexually motivated harassment of colleagues

16/06/2016 - 11:24

ODP struck off

Operating department practitioner Martin W Hammett has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct for sexually motivated harassment of Colleague A and Colleague B whilst employed by Glangwili Hospital.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that the hospital referred Mr Hammett to the HCPC during an investigation into a formal complaint of harassment submitted by Colleague A on 23 December 2013. In her letter, Colleague A made complaints which included inappropriate comments or remarks and inappropriate touching. This led to an investigation which included telephone and face-to-face interviews with Colleague A, two interviews with Mr Hammett and interviews with relevant staff members.

The Panel further heard that the allegations made by Colleague A arose 12 months after Mr Hammett had received formal counselling in relation to an investigation of a similar nature. The previous investigation concerned a complaint made by Colleague B.

Panel Chair Philip Geering commented:

“Mr Hammett’s conduct involved two complainants and took place over a period of time. The conduct was demeaning to both Colleague A and Colleague B and this was exacerbated by Mr Hammett’s more senior status. In addition the Panel has found that Mr Hammett’s conduct was sexually motivated. Taken overall his conduct was persistent and sexually predatory.”

The Panel decided that Mr Hammett’s conduct was so serious that no lesser sanction than a striking off order is appropriate. In reaching this decision the Panel took into account his interests and noted that Mr Hammett has retired and has stated that he has no intention to return to practise as an ODP.

Martin W Hammett was not present or represented at the hearing.

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors:

1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=6845&month=6&year=2016&EventType=H

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints

4. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints

5. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles

Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

6. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

Rebekah Tailor
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