Mr Thirunavukkarasu Selvaraj

Profession: Physiotherapist

Registration Number: PH68071

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 09:00 25/09/2018 End: 16:00 08/10/2018

Location: Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS), 405 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PT

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Adjourned

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Allegation

Whilst working as a physiotherapist at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust:

1. In relation to Service User A, on or around 17 July 2014 you:
a. Touched Service User A's breasts without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
b. Touched Service User A's nipple without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
c. Touched Service User A underneath her bra without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
d. Provided treatment that was more intimate than necessary in the circumstances in that you lowered Service User A’s underwear and pressed around her pubic area without clinical justification;
e. Did not adequately explain what treatment you would be performing on Service User A;
f. Did not provide Service User A with a towel to cover herself;
g. Your actions described at 1(a) to (d) were sexually motivated.
h. did not examine and/or record sufficiently or at all, Service User A’s:
i) neck;
ii) thoracic spine;
iii) lumbar spine.

2. In relation to Service User B, on in or around 2 July 2014, you:
a. Touched Service User B in her pubic area without adequate clinical reasoning/justification
b. Touched the inside of Service User B's upper legs in close proximity to her pubic area without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
c. Did not provide Service User B with a towel to cover herself;
d. Did not obtain Service User B's fully informed consent to perform
e. Did not provide Service User B with information regarding the necessity of the assessment/treatment when asked;
f. Did not inform Service User B of post-treatment exercises;
g. Your actions described at 2(a) to (b) (c) were sexually motivated.
h. did not carry out and/or record a sufficient examination of Service User B’s knee
i. applied tape/strapping to Service User B’s leg without clinical justification

3. In relation to Service User C, on or around 24 June 2014, you:
a. Repeatedly touched your groin area whilst in the presence of Service User C;
b. Your actions described at 3(a) were sexually motivated;
c. did not carry out and/or record an adequate assessment/ examination of Service User C’s knee pain

4. In relation to Service User D, on or around 9 July 2014, you:
a. Touched Service User D's vagina and/or in close proximity of her vagina without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
b. Touched Service User D's groin area without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
c. Touched Service User D underneath her underwear without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
d. Did not provide Service User D with a towel to cover herself;
e. Did not obtain Service User D's fully informed consent to perform treatment;
g f. Your actions described at 4(a) to (c) were sexually motivated.
h. did not conduct and/or record a full neurological examination of Service User D

5. In relation to Service User E, on or around 24 June 2014, you:
a. Touched Service User E in close proximity to her vagina without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
b. Did not obtain Service User E's fully informed consent before providing clinical treatment;
c. Your actions described at 5(a) to (b) were sexually motivated.

6. In relation to Service User F:
a. On or around 28 May 2014 you;
i. Touched Service User F's vagina and/or in close proximity to her vagina without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
ii. Touched Service User F on her inner thighs without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
iii. Did not provide Service User F with a towel to cover herself;
iv. Did not adequately explain the assessment and/or what treatment you would be performing on Service User F;

V. Your actions described at 6(a)(i) to (ii) were sexually motivated.
b. On or around 18 June 2014 you:
i. Touched Service User F's clitoris without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
ii. Touched Service User F on her vagina and/or in close proximity to her vagina without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
iii. Touched Service User F underneath her underwear without her fully informed consent and/or clinical reasoning/justification;
iv. Pulled down Service User F's leggings without her consent;
V. Did not provide Service User F with a towel to cover herself;
vi. Did not adequately explain the assessment and/or what treatment you would be performing on Service User F;
vii. Your actions described at 6(b)(i) to (iii) were sexually motivated.

7. In relation to Service User G, on or around 23 June 2014, you:
a. Touched Service User G's breast(s) and/or breast area without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
b. Touched Service User G's nipple without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
c. Did not obtain Service User G's fully informed consent to perform treatment;
d. Your actions described at 7(a) to (b) were sexually motivated.

8. In relation to Service User H, on a date unknown, you:
a. Touched Service User H on her vagina and/or in close proximity to her vaginal area without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
b. Did not provide Service User H with a towel to cover herself;
c. Did not adequately explain the assessment and/or what treatment you would be performing on Service User H;
d. Did not undertake any/adequate examination of the lumbar spine without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
e. Did not inform Service User H of post-treatment exercises;
g. Your actions described at 8(a) were sexually motivated.

9. In relation to Service User I, on in or around 20 June 2014, you:
a. Touched Service User I's breast without adequate clinical reasoning/justification;
b. Did not obtain Service User I's fully informed consent to perform treatment on her breast/breast area and/or underneath her bra;
c. Did not provide Service User I with a towel to cover herself
d. Your actions described at 9(a) to (b) were sexually motivated

10. In relation to Service User J:
a. On a date on in or around 9 June 2014 you:
Did not adequately explain the assessment and/or what treatment you would be performing on Service User J;
b. On a date on in or around 7 July 2014 you:
i. Touched Service User J near her groin area without adequate clinical justification/reasoning;
ii. Pulled up Service User J's dress without her fully informed consent;
iii. Did not provide Service User J with a towel to cover herself;
iv. Did not adequately explain the assessment and/or that treatment you would be performing on Service User J;
vi. Your actions described at 10(b)(i) were sexually motivated.


11. In relation to Service User K, on or around 8 July 2014 you:
a. Touched Service User K in her groin area without adequate clinical justification/reasoning;
b. Assessed Service User K's posture as relating to her described ankle complaint without adequate clinical justification/reasoning;
c. Did not adequately explain the assessment and/or what treatment you would be performing on Service User K;
d. Your actions described at 11(a) were sexually motivated.

12. The matters set out at paragraphs 1(a), (b), (c), (d), (f), (g), 2(a), (b),
(c), (g), 3(a), (b), 4(a), (b), (c), (d), (f), 5(a), (c), 6(a)(i)-(iii), (v), 6(b)(i)-(v),
(vii), 7(a), (b), (d), 8(a), (b), (g), 9(a), (b), (c), (d), 10(b)(i)-(iii), (vi), 11(a), (d)
constitute misconduct.

13. The matters set out at paragraphs 1(e), (h), (i), 2(d), (e), (f), (h), (i),
3(c), 4(e), (h), 5(b), 6(a)(iv), (b)(vi), 7(c), 8(c), (d), (e), 10(a), (b)(iv), 11(b),
(c) constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence

14. By reason of that misconduct and/or lack of competence, your fitness to practise is impaired.

Finding

No information currently available

Order

No information currently available

Notes

This hearing has adjourned, with no further evidence heard. The date for the rescheduled hearing is to be confirmed.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Thirunavukkarasu Selvaraj

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
25/09/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Adjourned
19/06/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Hearing has not yet been held
14/05/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Adjourned part heard
20/03/2018 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Suspension
20/12/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
03/10/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
13/07/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
20/04/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
02/02/2017 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
04/11/2016 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice