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Occupational therapist struck off for falsely claiming sick and compassionate leave

27/09/2012 - 10:07

Occupational therapist struck off

Occupational therapist Rachel Davis has been struck off the HCPC Register for amending her medical certificates and falsely claiming compassionate leave whilst working as a Junior Occupational Therapist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Rachel Davis amended six medical certificates by changing the original dates of the certificates, dates of illness and reasons for absence information given by the doctor.

The Panel also heard that Rachel Davis falsely informed her GP and her manager that one of her absences was due to the death of her brother and another due to the death of her mother.

Panel Chair Nicola Bastin commented:

“In the Panel’s view, the Registrant knew by the standards of ordinary and reasonable people that her actions would be regarded as dishonest as she admitted these matters during her interview knowing full well that these were obvious dishonest steps taken to secure leave. The Registrant went further to cover her tracks by completing a Change of Details Form to alter her Next of Kin details two months after the event.

“In the Panel’s assessment, the established facts and misconduct are very serious, involving repeated instances of outright dishonesty for financial gain, which have a negative and subsisting effect.”

The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Rachel Davis from the Register with an Interim Suspension Order in place to cover the appeal period.

Rachel Davis was not present or represented at the hearing.


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. 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

Angie Scarlett-Newcomen
+44 (0)20 7840 9480

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