Operating department practitioner Rebecca J D Overton-Applebee (ODP25397) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further nine months following a review of a suspension order originally imposed on 25 June 2013.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Ms Overton-Applebee was originally suspended for twelve months on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed by Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The Panel further heard that Ms Overton-Applebee’s failings included taking Codeine phosphate from Trust supplies and falsifying the controlled drugs record book to make it appear patients had been given the drugs.
Panel Chair Helen Carter commented:
“The Panel was firmly of the view that Ms Overton-Applebee’s fitness to practice is currently impaired. The very serious matters that led to the suspension order have not been fully addressed or remediated. Allowing the current suspension order to lapse would, in the Panel’s view, provide wholly inadequate public protection.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Rebecca J D Overton-Applebee to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a further nine months.
Ms Overton-Applebee was neither 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. https://www.hcpts-uk.org/aboutus/roleofhcptribunalservice
3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: https://www.hcpts-uk.org/hearings/calendar
4. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
5. 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
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. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
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.