Dawn McIntosh (ODP 10179) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of conviction whilst registered as an operating department practitioner with the HCPC.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mrs McIntosh was convicted at Derby Crown Court of dishonestly making false representation to make gain for self / another or cause loss to other / expose other to risk. She was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years.
The Panel further heard that in the role of her stepfather’s power of attorney Mrs McIntosh withdrew a total of £17,958 from two bank accounts for her personal gain.
Panel Chair Brian Wroe commented:
“The Panel was of the view that the nature and gravity of Mrs McIntosh’s offending are such that a striking off order is required. It was clear to the Panel that any reasonably informed member of the public would be profoundly concerned if she were not removed from the Register.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Dawn McIntosh to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mrs McIntosh was neither present at the hearing nor represented.
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
- Hearing aid dispensers
- Occupational therapists
- Operating department practitioners
- Practitioner psychologists
- 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.