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ODP struck off following conviction for two counts of sexual assault

14/01/2016 - 15:22

ODP struck off following conviction for two counts of sexual assault

Operating department practitioner Chris J Crompton has been struck off the HCPC Register after being convicted of two counts of sexual assault on a female at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 30 October 2014.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that on 21 June 2014, Mr Crompton had improper contact with a student nurse for whom he had training responsibility whilst she was on a placement. She made a formal complaint to the Police and her employers, and Mr Crompton was suspended from duty and arrested on 22 June 2014.

The Panel further heard that a previous incident on 14 June 2014 involving improper contact with a different student nurse, subsequently came to light. Mr Crompton was charged and subsequently pleaded guilty to two separate charges of sexual assault on a female – no penetration.

On 16 January 2015 Mr Crompton was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years.

Panel Chair Rachel O’Connell commented:

“These were separate, serious and pre-meditated abuses of trust, in which Mr Crompton continually escalated his assault. Due to the nature and gravity of his convictions, Mr Crompton’s actions render him fundamentally incompatible with remaining on the Register.”

The Panel concluded that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction is a striking off order.

Chris J Crompton 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. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit

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.


Rebekah Tailor
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