Mrs Sandhya Crichton

Profession: Operating department practitioner

Registration Number: ODP14289

Hearing Type: Review Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 30/11/2015 End: 12:30 30/11/2015

Location: Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Suspended

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The following allegation was put before a Panel of the Health Committee at the substantive hearing which took place on 26 and 27 November 2013:

Your fitness to practice is impaired by reason of your health.


The Registrant has not engaged since the last review, nor has she provided any new evidence at this hearing. Therefore, the risks to service users identified by the two previous panels remain real, and this Panel is not satisfied that her insight into her condition has improved in any way.  The issues in this case also engage considerations of the wider public interest in the importance of maintaining confidence in the profession and the regulatory process.

Accordingly, the Panel finds the fitness to practise of the Registrant remains impaired by reasons of her adverse mental and/or physical health.

The Panel went on the consider what, if any, sanction it was appropriate to impose in this case. Taking no further action or imposing a caution order would fail to provide the necessary level of public protection and would not be adequate to mitigate the issues of the wider public interest. Given the Registrant’s lack of engagement and the Panel’s consequent ignorance as to what, if anything, she has been doing over the last 12 months, it would not be possible, in the Panel’s view, to formulate any workable conditions.  In any case, because of the nature of the Registrant’s health issues, this sanction would not provide adequate protection to service users.

The Panel next considered the imposition of a Suspension Order. This would provide adequate protection to services users and would maintain the reputation of both the profession and the regulatory process.

As the Registrant has not been suspended for a continuous period of two years or more at today’s date and the statutory ground in this case is of impairment by reason of adverse health, the sanction of Striking Off was not available to the Panel.

Having determined that a Suspension Order was the appropriate and proportionate sanction, the Panel considered what its length should be. A period of six months would provide the Registrant with a further opportunity to engage and give her the chance to produce evidence to assist her at the next review hearing. That Panel would have the full range of sanctions available to it.

This order will be reviewed before it expires and the Panel conducting that review may be assisted by the following:

• Evidence of the Registrant’s engagement in the process;
• A clear indication by her concerning her wishes with respect to returning to practise;
• Up to date evidence from the Registrant’s GP or other registered health professional in relation to her health;
• Evidence of Continuous Professional Development;
• A written reflective piece, illustrating the Registrant has insight into the risks to service users arising from her adverse health.


No information currently available


The Registrar is directed to suspend the registration of Sandhya Crichton for a further period of six months on the expiry of the existing order.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mrs Sandhya Crichton

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
20/06/2016 Health Committee Review Hearing Struck off
30/11/2015 Conduct and Competence Committee Review Hearing Suspended