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Occupational therapist struck off for fraud
14/01/2013 - 16:59
Occupational therapist struck off
Occupational therapist Emily A Blake has been struck off the HCPC Register following a caution for fraud after claiming sick pay she was not entitled to whilst working at two hospitals concurrently.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Emily A Blake worked at both Kings College Hospital and East Surrey Hospital for a number of months, calling in sick at one whilst working at the other and vice versa. As a result, Emily A Blake received £4,842.51 in sick pay from Kings College Hospital to which she was not entitled.
The Panel further heard that Emily A Blake told colleagues that her father had recently died when in fact he had died sometime in the past.
Panel Chair Jacki Pearce commented:
“The Panel notes that by reason of the police caution, the Registrant has admitted her guilt in receiving money to which she was not entitled. The Panel notes that the Registrant has repaid the full sum of money but nevertheless considers that taking it in the first place is a serious matter. By so acting, she had not only breached the trust of her professional colleagues…but also there was a likelihood that patients would suffer because of a lack of continuity of care.
“The Registrant has failed to engage with the regulatory process and the Panel cannot be satisfied that the Registrant has any insight into appreciating the seriousness of her actions.”
The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Emily A Blake from the Register with an Interim Suspension Order in place to cover the appeal period.
Emily A Blake 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: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=3498&month=1&year=2013&EventType=H
3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
4. 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 www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists
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