The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has published its decision following a hearing on 19 October 2016 between a Professional Conduct Committee appointed by the Physiotherapy Board and Tania Williams, a registered physiotherapist.
The Tribunal found that Ms Williams engaged in two inappropriate sexual relationships with patients. It suspended Ms Williams’ registration for a year, and censured her. Conditions were imposed for a period of three years after Ms Williams resumes practice following the period of suspension.
In the Board’s view, the case reflects a serious breach of patient trust placed in a Physiotherapist. Section 2.9 of the Physiotherapy Code of Ethics states clearly that ‘sexual contact of any kind with patients/clients is unacceptable’. Physiotherapists are encouraged to refresh their knowledge of the Code of Ethics – and to contact the Board if they have any queries or concerns.
The full hearing decision document can be accessed here.