ODP Suspended Following Review of Conditions of Practice Order

Operating department practitioner Mrs Joy Lytham has been suspended from the HCPC Register for a period of 12 months following a review of a conditions of practice order imposed in 2014.



A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee conducted a first substantive review of a conditions of practice order imposed on 14 May 2014. Mrs Lytham was originally sanctioned after being unable to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of basic procedures relevant to her role and for failing to practice at the required level of competence on three separate occasions whilst employed by Harrogate and District NHS Trust.

Reports presented from placements undertaken give a consistent picture of difficulties experienced by Mrs Lytham with basic tasks and in remembering procedures. These problems are compounded by Mrs Lytham not appreciating the extent to which her shortcomings would make her an unsafe practitioner. As such, the panel concluded that Mrs Lytham is unable to practice safely in significant areas of operating department practitioner practice.

Panel Chair Donald Brown commented:

“In the view of the Panel, it is not appropriate for the conditions of practice order to be maintained in circumstances where there is a complete inability to practise safely as an operating department practitioner. The Panel has concluded that a suspension order is required. No lesser sanction will sufficiently protect the public and maintain confidence in the professions.”

The suspension order will take effect upon the expiry of the current conditions of practice order.

Joy Lytham was present and represented herself at the hearing.



Source: HCPC



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