HCPC Successfully Prosecutes Misuse of Chiropodist Title

The Health and Care Professions Council has successfully prosecuted Mark Russell for using the title chiropodist without being on the HCPC Register.


On Monday 11 November 2013, the City of London Magistrates Court heard how Mark Russell, of Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, had continued to use the title of chiropodist despite warnings from the HCPC to stop.

The Court found Mark Russell guilty of an offence with intent to deceive under Article 39 of the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. He was fined £270 plus a victim surcharge of £27 and was ordered to pay the HCPCs legal costs.

Director of Fitness to Practise Kelly Holder commented:

Individuals cannot practise in the UK using one of our protected titles unless they are registered with the HCPC. It is a criminal offence for someone to claim that they are registered with us when they are not, or to use a protected title that they are not entitled to use. We will prosecute people who commit these crimes, as we have done with Mr Russell.

Protecting titles is a key component of the work we do to protect the public. We urge everyone to check the Register before they seek treatment from a health or care professional.



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