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Operating department practitioner struck off on grounds of conviction

19/12/2016 - 16:14

Operating department practitioner struck off

Mark Matthews has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of his conviction whilst employed as an operating department practitioner at Spire Health Care – Gatwick Park Hospital Contrary.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Matthews was convicted at Redhill Magistrates Court of stealing 40 x 100mg ampoules of Tramadol belonging to his employer.

The Panel further heard that Mr Matthews had stolen the drugs during nine incidents of theft, to which he made full admissions during a police interview. Mr Matthews told police he had been self-prescribing the drugs.

Panel Chair Jane Everitt commented:

“The Panel accepted that Mr Matthews pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity but was concerned that he has had no meaningful engagement with the HCPC in terms of demonstrating his insight into the nature of the offence or to address the risk of repetition as at the current time. The Panel is in no doubt that the conviction of Mr Matthews would be properly viewed as very serious in the context of his abuse of trust of his employer and colleagues and that he compromised the care of patients in his charge.”

The Panel directed for the name of Mark Matthews to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mr Matthews was neither present nor represented during 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.


Caitlin Drysdale
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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