Mr William Cooper

Profession: Physiotherapist

Registration Number: PH98151

Interim Order: Imposed on 20 Nov 2017

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 05/10/2020 End: 17:00 08/10/2020

Location: This is a virtual hearing

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

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Allegation

On 7 December 2016, whilst registered as a Physiotherapist and in respect of a physiotherapy session undertaken with Service User 1, you;

1) Did not undertake and/or record an assessment of the following red flag risks after Service User 1 presented with cervical spine pain:

a) drop attacks;

b) dysphagia;

c) dysarthria;

d) nausea;

e) nystagmus;

f) numbness of the face;

g) ataxia.

2) Did not act appropriately on red flag risks that were identified in your assessment of Service User 1:

a) Aggravating factors - deep breaths, coughing and sneezing;

b) Special questions - pain on coughing and sneezing;

3) Did not undertake and/or record an adequate assessment of Service User 1's pain, in that you;

a) did not assess and/or record the type of pain Service User 1 was experiencing;

b) did not assess and/or record if Service User 1 was experiencing night pain;

c) did not assess and/or record the pain pattern experienced by Service User 1 throughout the day;

4) Did not undertake and/or record an adequate objective assessment of Service User 1, in that you did not;

a) assess and/or record an assessment of palpation of the facet joints and/or the spinous processes;

b) assess and/or record an assessment of passive range of movement and/or muscle strength;

c) assess and/or record an assessment for vertebral artery insufficiency.

5) Did not record clinical reasoning, when undertaking the assessment of Service User 1, in respect of the following;

a) the structures that may be damaged;

b) the source of the pain and dysfunction;

c) the treatment plan for Service User 1.

6) Performed a thoracic spine manipulation at Grade 5:

a) without clinical justification and/or without recording clinical reasoning for the treatment.

b) and did not obtain and/or record Service User 1's consent to the treatment.

7) Did not assess and/or record assessing assessment of Service Users 1's symptoms after performing each of the following treatments:

a) Deep soft tissue massage to the trapezius muscles;

b) Cervico-thoracic junction distraction;

c) Grade 5 manipulation to the thoracic spine.

8) Did not discuss and/or record any short term goals and/or long term goals and/or objectives in respect of Service User 1's treatment.

9) Your actions described in Paragraphs 1-8 constitute misconduct and/or lack of competence.

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

 

Finding

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Order

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Notes

This is a conduct and competence committee final hearing taking place virtually from 5-8 October 2020 at 10:00am on day 1 and 09.30 am between days 2-4.

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr William Cooper

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
05/10/2020 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held
14/08/2020 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
13/02/2020 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
13/11/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
13/08/2019 Conduct and Competence Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
01/02/2019 Investigating Committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
15/08/2018 Investigating committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
17/05/2018 Investigating committee Interim Order Review Interim Conditions of Practice
20/11/2017 Investigating committee Interim Order Application Interim Conditions of Practice