A radiographer has been suspended by the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) for ‘misconduct and or/lack of competence’ in practice.
A Band 7 sonographer at Derby Teaching Hospitals was found to have behaved in a ‘rude and unprofessional manner towards patients’ and caused ‘unnecessary force and/or pain to patients while scanning.’
She was also found guilty of failing to successfully undertake practice in sufficient time and of sufficient quality, not identifying a number of patients’ issues, and failing to visualise ovaries during an ultrasound scan.
“Your actions constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence. By reason, your fitness to practise as a radiographer is impaired,” the HCPTS panel said.
They concluded, “Given all of the information available to the panel, it concluded that a Suspension Order for a period of 12 months would be the appropriate and proportionate sanction which would adequately protect the public.”
The registrant was not present at the hearing and was not represented.