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Occupational therapist suspended for a further 12 months

14/06/2017 - 15:07

Occupational therapist suspended

Occupational therapist Colin G Towner (OT50671) has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a further 12 months following the review of a suspension order imposed on 7 June 2016.

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Towner was originally suspended for 12 months on grounds of misconduct and lack of competence whilst employed at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The Panel further heard that failings included placing service users at risk by not conducting risk assessments prior to taking vulnerable service users on a walk; failing to make records in relation to this incident; and failing to complete an adequate washing and dressing report in respect of Service User G.

Panel Chair Ian Comfort commented:

“There has been no communication to the HCPC from Mr Towner since the last review. As a result, there is no information at all as to what, if anything, he is currently engaged in doing. Mr Towner wrote to the HCPC on 14 September 2015 indicating that he did ‘not intend to work in this profession again’.”

The Panel concluded that Mr Towner’s fitness to practise remains impaired and directed to extend the suspension for a further period of 12 months on expiry of the existing order. 

Colin G Towner was neither present nor 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.

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.

Louise Shewey
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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