Mrs Lesley J Welsh

Profession: Operating department practitioner

Registration Number: ODP31647

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 04/03/2019 End: 17:00 18/03/2019

Location: Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service, 405 Kennington Road, London

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Hearing has not yet been held

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While registered as an Operating Department Practitioner and employed with Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, you:

1. In relation to Patient A, on or around 28 March 2015, did not undertake a pre-operative instrument count with the circulating practitioner prior to Patient A's surgery.

2. In relation to Patient B, on or around 07 July 2015, you:

a) Left Patient B in the operating theatre while undergoing a perineal repair, and/or did not notify the appropriate person and/or team that you were leaving the theatre.

b) Inaccurately recorded Patient Bs details on the World Health Organisation (WHO) checklist onto another patient's record.


And while registered as an Operating Department Practitioner and employed with Spire South

Bank Hospital on dates between 26 September 2016 and 07 April 2017:

3. You did not disclose that you were dismissed from your previous employment at Heart of

England NHS Foundation Trust.

4. You misrepresented yourself as having completed a nursing qualification and/or being a registered nurse.

5. On or around 06 February 2017 you:

a) did not undertake scrubbing duties for a General Laparoscopic list and/or a Gynaecological list;

b) did not demonstrate adequate circulating skills in that you:

i. had to be prompted to complete counts and instrument checks;

ii. had to be prompted to undertake tasks to assist with patient transfers and setting up for the procedure for patients;

iii. did not complete the care plans/ care pathways as required as part of your circulating duties.


6. You:

a) did not complete and/or record adequate information in patient care plans/ care pathways despite being prompted to do so;

b) failed to recognise that a patient had an Endo Tracheal Tube and:

i. did not remove the patients Endo Tracheal Tube in a timely manner; and/or

ii. failed to alert the anaesthetist that you were not trained to remove an Endo Tracheal Tube to ensure its timely removal.

c) did not take appropriate steps in an emergency situation as was requested by Colleague 2;

d). did not take appropriate steps to assist with the management of a patients laryngospasm, while working with Colleague 3;

e) had to be prompted to provide a patient with oxygen as was required;

f) removed a patients dressings and pack:

i) before the ENT consultant had confirmed whether or not it was safe to do so; and/or

ii) failed to use sterile resources when attending to the patients wound;

g) did not adequately and/or correctly complete the catheterisation of patients on at least 3 occasions;


7. Your actions described in paragraphs 3 and 4 were dishonest.


8. Your actions in paragraphs 3, 4, and 7 amount to misconduct.


9. Your actions in paragraphs 1, 2, 5 and 6 amount to misconduct and/or lack of competence.


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


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Final Hearing of the Conduct and Competence Committee to take place at 405 Kennington Road, London from Monday 4 March – Monday 18 March 2019.


The hearing will begin at 10:00 hours on day 1 and at 9:30 hours on all subsequent days.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mrs Lesley J Welsh

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
04/03/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held