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Occupational therapist struck off on grounds of impaired fitness to practise


Miss Wilma Szwajcar (OT44166) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of impaired fitness to practise whilst registered as an occupational therapist and employed by NHS Lothian.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Miss Szwajcar’s failings included not adequately completing initial assessments and not completing adequate treatment plans.

The Panel further heard that Miss Szwajcar had not included appropriate goals and interventions in the treatment plans for multiple patients, and was unable to devise appropriate treatment activities without prompting, including in relation to multiple further patients. 

Panel Chair, Graham Aitken, commented:

“The Registrant has shown no interest in engaging and remediating her practice, which was found not to be at foundation level. As there remains a risk to the public, the Panel considered that a Striking Off Order was the proportionate and appropriate sanction as it both protects the public and satisfies the wider public interest in upholding proper standards and maintaining public confidence in the profession.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Wilma Swajczar to be struck off the HCPC Register. 

Miss Swajczar 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

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

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. 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.