Arts Therapist, Nigel J Hilton, Struck Off for Breaching Professional Boundaries

Nigel J Hilton (AS00208) has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a psychodynamic psychotherapist with South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, and whilst registered with the HCPC as an arts therapist.

HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council - Nigel J Hilton

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that between 22 July 2015 and 26 July 2015, and whilst on authorised annual leave, Mr Hilton took Patient A on a four night trip without the proper authority and or clinical reasoning and engaged in sexual behaviour.

The Panel further heard that on 15 October 2015, during a therapy session with Patient A, Mr Hilton allowed Patient A to sit on his lap, kiss his neck and stroked Patient A’s back whilst Patient A was sitting on his lap. Mr Hilton failed to record the incident in Patient A’s clinical records and did not inform his manager.

Panel Chair Stephen Fash commented:

“The Panel considered that Mr Hilton had breached a fundamental tenet of the profession, namely by engaging in an emotional and sexual relationship with a patient who was both emotionally and psychologically vulnerable.

In the Panel’s judgement Mr Hilton’s conduct was serious, sexually motivated, and therefore amounted to misconduct.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Nigel J Hilton to be removed from the HCPC Register with an interim order to cover the appeal period.

Mr Nigel J Hilton was not present and not represented at the hearing.