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Practitioner psychologist struck off on grounds of misconduct

18/05/2017 - 10:56

Practitioner psychologist struck off

Dr Jane Kelly (PYL27815) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst registered as a practitioner psychologist with the HCPC.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Dr Kelly failed to maintain professional boundaries with Service User A whilst providing him with psychological treatment.

The Panel further heard that Dr Kelly had both a personal relationship and a sexual relationship with Service User A.

Panel Chair Naseem Malik commented:

“Whilst Dr Kelly has expressed her regret for her actions, she has been unable at this hearing to demonstrate that she has gained a sufficient level of understanding of the magnitude of her misconduct. As a consequence, the possibility of repetition remains. The lack of insight was such that this Panel is not convinced that there are steps which Dr Kelly will be able to take to remedy her misconduct.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Dr Jane Kelly to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Dr Kelly was present at the hearing and represented by Ms Charlotte Hadfield, of Counsel.


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.

7. 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.

Caitlin Drysdale
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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