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ODP suspended for a further 12 months following third review hearing

23/06/2016 - 14:06

ODP suspended for a further 12 months

Operating department practitioner Rebecca Overton-Applebee has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further 12 months following a third review of a suspension order.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee conducted a review of Miss Overton-Applebee’s suspension from the Register first imposed on 25 June 2013 and extended in June 2014 and June 2015. She was originally suspended for stealing and self-administering drugs from the controlled drug cupboard whilst on duty at Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

A letter from Miss Overton-Applebee received by the HCPC on 6 June 2016 provided evidence of some insight into the misconduct found proved at the final hearing. The Panel recognised that, as a result of her personal circumstances, she had been unable rather than unwilling to remedy the failings in her practise.

The Panel concluded that Miss Overton-Applebee’s fitness to practise remained impaired; a fact undisputed by the registrant.

Panel Chair Sarah Baalham commented:

“Miss Overton-Applebee does want to return to practice but has been precluded from doing so for personal reasons. She has the support of her Trade Union who are willing and able to provide assistance to her. A suspension order would provide sufficient public protection while leaving the possibility open of remediation taking place and allowing a return to practice in the foreseeable future.”

The 12 month suspension order imposed will apply from 23 July 2016 and will be reviewed again before its expiry.

Rebecca Overton-Applebee was not present at the hearing but was represented by Unison.


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:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

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

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

Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
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.

Louise Shewey
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