NHS radiographer struck off after 'belly flopping' on pregnant woman's stomach during Skype supervision

Senu Sejoro's line manager, who observed incident, said: 'It was a complete surprise – I have never seen anything like that before'

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An NHS radiographer has been struck off after he was watched doing a "belly flop" on a pregnant woman's stomach during a supervision session on Skype, a tribunal heard.

Senu Sejoro lasted just three months in his job after repeated complaints about his work, including falling onto the pregnant woman's stomach at her 20-week scan at Burnley General Hospital and using her to get back to his feet.

Mr Sejoro, who also worked at Royal Blackburn Hospital as part of a six-month probationary stint in 2015, had previously been warned by the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) that he would be struck off if he did not engage with its disciplinary process.

The hearing was told that the incident at the hospital, in Lancashire, was witnessed by Mr Sejoro's line manager, Julie White, who was watching via Skype after concerns had been expressed about his competence.

She said: "I was trying to observe him without causing alarm to the patient. The next time I looked, he had done a belly flop on the patient and his reaction was to push up using the patient. He pushed himself off the patient with his hands.

"It was a complete surprise – I have never seen anything like that before."

Another pregnant woman said she was left upset after the sonographer made "umming and aahing" noises during her scan, causing her to leave the consultation in tears and fearing something was wrong with her baby.

The panel also heard that Mr Sejoro had made mistakes in checking a foetus involving a third patient. His work rate was slow, which meant he was performing three scans per session whilst his colleagues completed 10 or 12 per session.

After being placed on a performance action plan and failing to improve to a satisfactory level, Mr Sejoro's employment was terminated on July 28, 2015, and the hospital trust reported him to the HCPTS.

Six professional conduct charges against him were found proved. After failing to attend the latest review hearing, as well as others in March 2017, February 2018 and March 2019, the disciplinary panel imposed a striking off order.