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Orthotist struck off on grounds of misconduct following substantive review


John F Skelton (PO00623) has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct following the second review of suspension order originally imposed for a period of 9 months on 26 January 2017 and extended for a further 6 months on 7 November 2017.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that during the course of his employment as an orthotist at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust from around March 2014 until around March 2015, he used unprofessional and / or inappropriate language towards colleagues and service users.

The Panel further heard that the previous panel has stated that a period of suspension of 9 months would provide Mr Skelton with an opportunity to engage further with the fitness to practise process and to demonstrate insight into his misconduct.

Panel Chair Lesley White commented:

“Mr Skelton has hardly moved forward since the substantive hearing. The risk of repetition of unacceptable behaviour is as great now as it was at that time, and his fitness to practice is as impaired as it was determined to be by the substantive hearing panel.”

The Panel concluded that Mr Skleton had demonstrated clear resistance to taking proactive steps to demonstrate a willingness to address matters, and requested that the name of John F Skelton was struck off the HCPC Register.

Mr John F Skelton was present but was unrepresented 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.