Physiotherapist struck off following substantive review


Stephanie P Howes (PH73902) has been struck off the HCPC Register following the first review of Suspension Order imposed on 2 December 2016 for period on 12 months.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Ms Howes was originally suspended on grounds of her conviction at Worthing & Chichester Magistrates’ Court for offences involving fraud that she pleaded guilty to on 8 March 2016.

The Panel further heard that Ms Howes sentenced to 18 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and an unpaid work requirement of 150 hours to be completed within 12 months.

Panel Chair Peter Vines commented

“The Panel has concluded that Ms Howes fitness to practise is still impaired in that there was a risk of repetition and therefore a restriction on her ability to practise is necessary in order to protect members of the public.”

The Panel determined that a Striking Off Order is the only sufficient and appropriate order to make in order to protect the public and sustain public confidence. 

Ms Howes was not present nor 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. The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) is the fitness to practise adjudication service of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Although it is part of the HCPC, the distinct identity of the HCPTS seeks to emphasise that hearings are conducted and managed by independent Panels which are at arm's length from the HCPC. 

3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online

4. See information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings

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6. 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. Full list of protected titles

  • 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

7. 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.

8. Registrants can appeal the panel’s decision. Appeals are made directly to the High Court in England or Wales, the Court of Session in Scotland or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland. Appeals must be made within 28 days of when the Notice of Decision and Order is served. The Panel’s order does not take effect until the appeal period has expired or the appeal has concluded.