A nurse who ran a care home for 18 years has been struck off the medical register for abusive behaviour.

The nurse was in charge of Milestones Trust’s Crantock Drive care home in Almondsbury near Bristol. It housed elderly and vulnerable adults with learning difficulties.

Concerns over her behaviour were raised in 2013 by support workers. The Trust subsequently investigated the claims, recently concluding in the woman being struck off the medical register.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal in London heard how the senior nurse would swear at patients, frequently manhandling them and encouraging offensive behaviour. At one point she urged a patient to poke another repeatedly with a walking stick.

Serious misconduct

The tribunal found that in light of her senior position her actions amounted to serious misconduct.

The tribunal also concluded that the nurse intimidated staff. One former employee, who left after being bullied, said she was too fearful to make a complaint.

She described one incident involving the nurse: “there was a lady there that was self-harming on her wrist but [the nurse] said to her in a room, ‘if you continue doing that to your wrist you won’t be able to go out anywhere because you can’t be seen out with cuts on your wrist.’”

“She was being punished after she had cut herself horrifically.”

John Hoskinson, CEO of Milestones Trust, said: “we encourage staff and support them in the process of reporting poor practice which was done in this case and we acted on it promptly.”

“We conducted our own detailed investigation and took appropriate action.”

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