Blackpool nurse saw care home resident hit his head and didn’t bother to tell anyone

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A nurse has been struck off after failing to report how a care home resident had fallen and suffered head injuries at Glenroyd Care Home in Blackpool

 

Glenroyd Care Home on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool.
Glenroyd Care Home on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool. (Image: James Maloney/Lancs Live)

A nurse who failed to flag up an incident at a Blackpool care home where a resident fell and suffered a head injury is to be struck off.

Helen Percival was working at Glenroyd Care Home in Blackpool on April 16, 2016 when a resident fell and suffered a head injury.

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However, the staff nurse failed to contact the out of hours service or general practice to seek advice.

On top of this, Mrs Percival allowed the resident’s family to ‘move him from a chair into a bed, despite knowing they had no moving and handling training,’ according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee, which met online to discuss the case of misconduct at a substantive order review meeting on November 23.

The committee also highlighted how on top of this, she didn’t complete any sufficient observations or record observations following the traumatic incident.

Due to the serious nature of the incidents, Mrs Percival was handed a suspension order for six months by the council’s Fitness to Practice Committee on December 6, 2019.

However, the suspension was subsequently extended for a further six months in May 2020, and a further review in November 2020 resulted in an additional suspension for 12 months.

The second review found no evidence of Mrs Percival having taking steps to improve her practice, or that the concerns were unlikely to recur. Also lacking were any testimonials , employment references, or evidence of reflections or insight into her misconduct, or proof of her having kept her nursing skills up to date.

In view of the public protection issues, they imposed a further suspension for a year, instead of taking no action, imposing a caution order or implementing a conditions of practice order, since they didn’t know whether she would comply with any conditions as she had not engaged with the process so far.

However, at last week’s meeting, following a comprehensive review into whether Mrs Percival’s fitness to practise was still impaired, the panel said there was still no new information to suggest if she had shown enough remorse or insight.

In view of the ‘seriousness of the case’, the panel again rejected the option of taking no further action, imposing a caution order, or implementing a ‘conditions of practice order’ and said there was still no evidence of her having taken steps to improve her practice, or that previous concerns had been addressed.

Similarly, a further suspension order was also rejected, due to lack of remorse and insight shown by the nurse.

The report stated: “The panel noted that Mrs Percival has not shown remorse for her misconduct. Further, she had not demonstrated adequate insight into her previous failings. The panel has already found that there is a continuing risk to the public. The panel noted it had no information before it to demonstrate any effort made to remediate the issues identified by the original panel and Mrs Percival has now had two years to address these concerns. Additionally, Mrs Percival has not indicated any desire to return as a practising nurse.”

Reaching a conclusion that further suspension would not serve any useful purpose, the panel said the ‘only sanction’ available to it that would protect the public was a ‘striking-off order’.

The report concluded: “The panel determined that it was necessary to take action to prevent Mrs Percival from practising in the future and concluded that the only sanction that would adequately protect the public and serve the public interest was a striking-off order.”

The ban will remove her from the subsection of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register which covers adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disabilities nursing and children’s nursing at level 1. It will come into effect at the end of January 2022, and the decision is to be confirmed to Mrs Percival in writing, they added.

A spokesperson for Glenroyd Care Home told LancsLive: ““At Glenroyd care home the safety and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance.

“The case in 2016 was an isolated incident involving a former member of staff and we took all immediate and appropriate action, including working closely with the NMC to help with their investigation.

“We fully respect the decision made by the NMC.”