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ODP suspended on grounds of misconduct

29/02/2016 - 10:17

ODP suspended

Operating department practitioner Justin Williams has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of 12 months on grounds of misconduct, after failing to correctly close down a theatre and failing to adequately check and/or prepare the anaesthetic machine prior to a patient being anaesthetised whilst employed by BMI Bath Clinic.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that on 14 May 2014, Mr Williams was responsible for ‘closing down’ the theatre once the patient list was complete. The next working day, a health care assistant reported that he found it had not been correctly shut down. The anaesthetic drug cupboards and/or fridge had not been shut and/or locked, and the intubation trolley was inadequately tidied and/or stocked.

The Panel further heard that during a second incident on 19 December 2014, Mr Williams responded inappropriately to a problem with the anaesthetic machine, in that he prepared to swap the machine with another without carrying out prerequisite checks. An investigation commenced into the incident, however Mr Williams was unable to be interviewed due to an absence of ill health.

Panel Chair Jennifer Rogers commented:

“The Panel concluded that each particular is sufficiently serious, considered alone, that it constitutes misconduct. The Panel has no information on Mr Williams’ current position; there is no evidence of any remediation or rehabilitative steps.

“In this case a suspension order appropriately balances the public interest and the Registrant’s interest. Mr Williams is an experienced professional and it is in the public interest that experienced health professionals should have an opportunity to remedy past misconduct where such conduct is potentially remediable.”

The suspension order will come into effect on 17 March 2016.

Justin Williams was not present or represented at the hearing.

-ENDS-

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: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=6480&month=2&year=2016&EventType=H

3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints

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 www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints

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 www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles

Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
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.

Rebekah Tailor
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