Mrs Atika Sharma

Profession: Physiotherapist

Registration Number: PH98404

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 10/11/2020 End: 17:00 17/11/2020

Location: Virtually via video conference

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

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Allegation

Whilst registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Physiotherapist and during the course of your employment with Sussex Community NHS Foundation trust, you:

1. Did not demonstrate safe and/or effective practice in that your assessments were unsafe when:

a) on 29 August 2017, in relation to Service User 7, you:

i. did not take a full medical history;

ii. had Service User 7 undertake exercises that caused pain;

iii. did not notice they were in pain.

b) on 18 July 2017, in relation to Service User 16, asked them to hop and jump in the assessment, which was inappropriate because they presented with shin pain;

c) on 25 October 2016, provided Service User 9 with a range of exercises without assessing the spine or core strength;

d) on 12 January 2017, did not complete a neurological assessment for Service User 6;

e) on 22 March 2017, did not:

i. record if Service User 6 went to A&E after a road traffic accident;

ii. did not suggest any medical and/or physiotherapy review.

f) on 22 November 2016, in relation to Service User 10, documented possible meniscus tear but did not conduct and/or document an assessment of this area.

2. Were unable to apply objective findings to formulate an appropriate treatment plan when:

a) on 4 January 2017, in relation to Service User 5, gave no exercises to address the muscle weakness you had identified;

b) on 2 November 2016, in relation to Service User 10, gave hip strengthening

exercises which was inappropriate because you had identified weakness in the quadriceps and hamstring;

c) on 19 May 2017 and/or 21 July 2017, in relation to Service User 4, gave no strengthening exercises to address the muscle weakness you identified;

d) on 31 October 2016, in relation to Service User 3, identified weak quadriceps but:

i. did not conduct and/or record any assessment of quadriceps;

ii. advised Service User 3 to walk the dogs if they didn't like the home exercises.

e) on 1 March 2017, in relation to Service User 8, documented knee and ankle tightness but did not document any assessment of these areas;

f) on 6 March 2017, in relation to Service User 8, gave heel walking exercise without any clinical reasoning;

g) on 20 April 2017, in relation to Service User 17, gave no strengthening exercises to address the muscle weakness you identified;

h) on 5 July 2017 assessed Service User 16 as having tendonitis but in supervision on 13 July 2017 were unable to explain what tendonitis is;

i) whilst discussing Service User 1 in supervision on 3 April 2017 and/or 3 July 2017 did not make goals SMART;

j) on 23 June 2017, in relation to Service User 14, did not assess and/or record:

i. recommended exercises;

k) whilst discussing Service User 15, who had been referred following trips and falls, in supervision on 21 August 2017, it was unclear why you discussed uneven shoulder blades.

3. Did not demonstrate a reasonable level of knowledge of anatomy when:

a) In relation to Service User 14, you:

i. during supervision on 3 July 2017, incorrectly identified the quadriceps as the main muscle group flexing the hips;

b) during supervision on 13 July 2017, in relation to Service User 9, were unable to name the muscles that make up the core;

c) during supervision on 3 July 2017, in relation to Service User 8, were unable to

identify any muscles that attach to the front of the pelvis;

d) in supervision on 3 July 2017, in relation to Service User 1, were unable to identify which side of the pelvis you would need to strengthen when trying to improve a Trendelenburg.

4. Did not demonstrate safe and/or effective practise in that your understanding of early childhood development was insufficient, when:

a) you gave a training presentation which was muddled and/or inaccurate;

b) you were unable to explain a developmental stage (sitting) to child's mother.

5. Did not communicate effectively with service users, when you:

a) on 29 August 2017, spoke to Service User 7, an eight year old patient, as if they were a baby and made no eye contact;

b) did not notice /interpret that Service User 7, a child, was in pain.

6. The matters set out in paragraphs 1, 2, 3(a)(i), 3(b) - (d) and 4 to 5 constitute lack of competence.

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

Finding

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Order

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Notes

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Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mrs Atika Sharma

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
10/11/2020 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held