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ODP struck off after stealing controlled drug from Emergency Department

22/10/2015 - 13:05

ODP struck off after stealing

Operating department practitioner Seth James Plumbley has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct, after stealing a bottle of Ketalar and a cannula from University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Plumbley had been employed by the Trust at the time of the allegation. In his role he was responsible for providing drugs to the Anaesthetist during medical procedures. From October 2012 onwards, Mr Plumbley worked in the Emergency Department of the hospital.

The Panel further heard that on 6 January 2014 Mr Plumbley’s landlady discovered a vial and cannula at his residence. She reported this to Mr Plumbley’s employer, who arranged for photographs to be taken following the removal of these items to the police station. Mr Plumbley was suspended from his employment in January 2014 pending investigation, whereafter the matter was reported to the HCPC.

Panel Chair David Clark commented:

“The serious nature of Mr Plumbley’s misconduct and dishonesty was compounded by his denial, lack of insight and remorse, which led the Panel to the conclusion that he is not a suitable person to practise as an operating department practitioner.”

The Panel decided the only proportionate and appropriate sanction was a striking off order.

Seth James Plumbley was not present or 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. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here:

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here:

4. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. We are able to act where there are serious concerns about a health and care professional’s practise or behaviour. Visit to see the types of cases we can consider.

5. 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

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

6. 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.

Hayley Jarvis
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