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Physiotherapist suspended on grounds of lack of competence
13/03/2017 - 14:28
Konrad Sikorski has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months on the grounds of a lack of competence whilst employed as a physiotherapist for Western Sussex Foundation Trust.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Sikorski was responsible for a number of failings including recording information on patient front sheets without understanding the implications, the medical terminology used and missing significant information that could lead to patient safety being compromised.
The Panel further heard that Mr Sikorski inappropriately permitted a patient to continue walking with crutches, inappropriately permitted a patient to continue walking with a stick and did not adequately communicate with a patient prior to carrying out a stair assessment.
Panel Chair Jacki Pearce commented:
“Mr Sikorski did not recognise what steps he needed to take to remedy the deficiencies in his work and he had not taken them. Those deficiencies covered a large part of his practice for a substantial period of time. In all the circumstances, there is a risk of repetition of those shortcomings in his practice and accordingly there is a continuing risk of harm to both service users and the public.”
The Panel ordered for the name of Konrad Sikorski to be suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of twelve months.
Mr Sikorski 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: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?EventType=H&category=0&month=3&year=2017&SubmitButton=GO
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
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
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.
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