Miss Suzanne Basnett

Profession: Radiographer

Registration Number: RA69079

Interim Order: Imposed on 13 Oct 2014

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 25/01/2016 End: 13:00 25/01/2016

Location: Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Voluntary Removal agreed

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Allegation

Whilst employed as a Band 5 Radiographer at The Christie Foundation NHS Trust between 14th April 2014 and 25th July 2014, you:

 

1. Did not pass the Objective Clinical Radiographic Assessment, in that you:

a) scored below the requisite pass mark of 40% in Section 1 of the assessment, as you:

i) did not consistently check the gantry clearance for most patients;

ii) did not ensure that both screens were checked for all patients; and/or

iii) did not consistently apply infection control by means of hand disinfection.

b) scored below the requisite pass mark of 40% on section 5 of the assessment, as you:

i) did not check gantry clearance for all patients;

ii) did not consistently ensure that the correct table was on the couch;

iii) on at least one occasion did not provide the required equipment to meet individual patient needs, such as a mouthbite;

iv) did not consistently ask relevant questions of patients to the clinical standard required;

v) did not check the imaging status for every patient; and/or

vi) did not consistently complete procedures in a timely manner.

 

2. Did not consistently employ breast techniques to the required standards, in that you:

a) did not consistently demonstrate knowledge of breast technique procedures including, but not limited to:

i) 2D & 3D imaging, and/or:

ii) 2F & 3F tangent pair technique.

b) on more than one occasion, incorrectly placed the field border mark;

c) did not consistently demonstrate an understanding of when a raise/drop is required when setting up breast patients;

d) on one occasion stated that the Self Consistent Field was correct when it was not;

e) did not consistently complete procedures in a timely manner;

f) did not consistently demonstrate an understanding of direction and/or calculation of bed moves; and/or

g) did not consistently confirm anatomical directions of moves.

 

3. Did not consistently employ pelvis technique to the required standards, in that you:

a) did not consistently check the post pin when a pelvis patient was transferred to another machine;

b) did not demonstrate an understanding of the impact of a new isocentre shift on lateral Focal Spot-to-Skin Distance (FSD) readings when a new lateral shift had been incorporated into a patient's plan; and/or

c) did not consistently demonstrate an ability to retract and/or position the kilo Volt panel to required standards when an XVI scan is required for a patient.

 

4. Did not consistently employ thorax technique to the required standards, in that you:

a) did not consistently apply the principle of setting to the tattoo;

b) did not consistently apply the principle of aligning laterals to the tattoo;

c) did not demonstrate an understanding of the difference between when to set a table height and when to perform anterior/posterior move;

d) did not consistently check for clearance of bars;

e) did not consistently check for clearance of couch;

f) did not demonstrate an understanding of direction and or calculation of bed moves;

g) did not demonstrate an understanding of relevant couch inserts; and/or

h) did not consistently confirm anatomical directions of moves.

 

5. Did not consistently employ head and neck technique to the required standards, in that you:

a) attempted to check FSD's before undertaking patient moves;

b) did not consistently straighten patients prior to set up;

c) did not consistently check cardinal angles;

d) did not consistently check whether dentures were in or out;

e) did not consistently check whether the shoulder clips were fastened onto a patient;

f) did not consistently check red inhibits before leaving the room;

g) did not consistently check for clearance of bars;

h) did not consistently check for clearance of couch;

i) did not demonstrate an understanding of direction and or calculation of bed moves;

j) did not demonstrate an understanding of relevant couch inserts; and/or

k) did not consistently confirm anatomical directions of moves.

 

6. Did not consistently demonstrate aptitude in delivering accurate radiotherapy, in that you:

a) did not correctly identify the origin on a lung patient;

b) did not consistently check patient identity;

c) did not consistently check gantry clearance;

d) did not consistently check all documentation to ensure all required actions are carried out prior to treatment;

e) did not consistently demonstrate your understanding of the requirements of a new patient transferred from a different machine; and/or

f) did not consistently manoeuvre patients to the required standards.

 

7. Lacked consistency in the safe and/or correct use of equipment, in that you:

a) did not consistently check gantry clearance;

b) did not check bar clearances;

c) did not consistently check that equipment could be manoeuvred without collision;

d) did not consistently check all documentation to ensure that all required actions are carried out;

e) did not consistently use the bed controls or gantry correctly when employing the electron technique;

f) did not consistently demonstrate an understanding of the relevant couch inserts required for patients' treatment;

g) on at least one occasion did not ensure that the correct couch top was placed on the bed for a patient's treatment;

h) on at least one occasion applied the wrong head rest to a bed;

i) did not demonstrate an understanding of wedge orientations;

j) did not demonstrate an understanding that the lasers and the central axis of the field are not coincidental unless the gantry is at 0 degrees;

k) attempted to use the central axis of the field to align the patient laterally rather than using the lasers;

I) did not consistently apply infection control by means of hand disinfection; and/or

m) did not consistently demonstrate an understanding of direction and or calculation of bed moves.

 

8. Did not consistently demonstrate effective, team focused communication skills in that

you:

a) did not consistently communicate with the clarity required to ensure that patient set up is appropriate prior to treatment delivery; and/or

b) did not consistently communicate to the team regarding your workload.

 

9. Did not consistently demonstrate effective patient focused communication skills in that you:

a) did not consistently communicate with the patients to the standard required to ensure that patient preparation and/or set up is appropriate prior to treatment delivery;

b) did not consistently respond to patients to required standards when patients offered information; and/or

c) on at least one occasion did not discuss the need for the patient to empty his/her bladder prior to each treatment.

 

10. Did not consistently demonstrate your ability in organisation and administration as you:

a) lacked proactivity in planning your next objectives in your work load; and/or

b) did not consistently complete procedures in a timely manner.

 

11. The matters set out in paragraphs 1 - 10 constitute lack of competence.

 

12. By reason of your lack of competence your fitness to practise is impaired.

Finding

No information currently available

Order

No information currently available

Notes

If the Registrant seeks to return to the HCPC Register at any time the application would be treated as if the registrant had been struck off as a result of that allegation.

 

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Miss Suzanne Basnett

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
25/01/2016 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Voluntary Removal agreed
22/09/2015 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice