Occupational Therapist Struck Off for Sexual Relationship with Patient

Occupational therapist Mrs Hayley A Gillett has been struck off the HCPC Register for misconduct after a three-year relationship with a service user with brain injuries.

Mrs Gillett was employed at Waters Park House (WPH) from 2009 to 2014, where she was responsible for service users with neurological disorders or acquired brain injury.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Service User A disclosed in 2014 that they had been having a sexual relationship with the Registrant.

In light of this it was referred to the Safeguarding Team at Plymouth City Council (PCC) and also the Police. WPH took the decision to suspend the Registrant while the Safeguarding Investigation was undertaken. No further police action was taken as it was established that Service User A had capacity to consent to a sexual relationship.

The panel further heard that WPH was advised to take further steps to safeguard service users. WPH held a disciplinary investigation and Mrs Gillett resigned from her position. The registrant also admitted